By Ben Truslove
Counting complete. After 66 of 66 seats declared.
By Ben Truslove
By Heather Burman & Andrew Topping
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Local Democracy Reporting Service
Nottingham City Council has paid out more than £200,000 to victims of sexual abuse after a highly critical report into its failure to protect children.
In July 2019 the Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) found both the city council failed in their duties to protect children from abuse.
The inquiry had examined the sexual and physical abuse of youngsters in several children’s homes and foster care from the 1960s onwards, including the former Beechwood Children’s Home in Mapperley.
Catherine Underwood, corporate director of people, told the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee earlier that since the inquiry the council had paid out £210,000 in damages as part of civil claims made against the authority.
The local authority says a further £374,368 will be used to support abuse survivors over the next three years, including offering therapy services.
Councillors at the meeting agreed the authority was addressing problems highlighted in the IICSA inquiry by reviewing its carers to ensure they pose no risk to children.
Political reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham
Both the Conservatives and Labour groups in Nottinghamshire County Council will now have to put their minds to choosing a new leader following the election results announced today.
The Tories - who retook control of the authority for the first time in 12 years - are set to appoint a successor to Kay Cutts, who confirmed she would step down last year, while Labour will look to find a replacement for Alan Rhodes, who lost his Worksop North seat.
The Labour group leader for Nottinghamshire County Council has thanked his colleagues after losing his seat.
Alan Rhodes had represented Worksop North for 17 years, but lost his seat to Conservative candidate Callum Bailey.
The incumbent earned 1,557 votes but was edged out by Bailey, who received 1,711 votes and 49.8% of the vote share.
The Conservatives now have 36 seats in Nottinghamshire, taking them over the 34 required to have a majority.
In 2017 they fell three seats short of taking overall control, meaning they had form a coalition.
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Mansfield Independents have all seen their share of the votes fall.
BBC East Midlands political editor Tony Roe said it is only the second time since 1977 that the Conservatives have won control of the county.
The seat in Worksop North has been taken by Conservative Callum Robert Bailey.
He won just 154 more votes.
In Nottinghamshire, the Conservative have made up for their loss in Greasley and Brinsley by gaining two new seats.
Tom Smith snatched the seat in Blidworth and Nigel Turner in Worksop South.
Conservatives so far have a net gain of one seat in Nottinghamshire.
The first few results in the Nottinghamshire County Council elections are starting to come through.
Ashfield Independents have won seats in Kirkby South, Sutton Central and East and Sutton North.
The Conservatives have won seats in Bingham West, Balderton, Tuxford, Nuthall and Kimberley and Retford West.
Labour have won seats in Worksop East, Blyth and Harwood.
Reporter, BBC News Online
Extinction Rebellion campaigners have put up "crime scene" tape at Nottinghamshire County Council's headquarters.
Pictures of the "Climate Crime Scene" tape wound around several of the entrances to County Hall in West Bridgford have been posted on social media.
It is part of an ongoing protest to push the council to declare a climate emergency in the run-up to next week's local elections.
The group wants the council to commit to opposing incinerators and removing pensions investments in the fossil fuel industry.
The authority said it was making no comment at this time.