Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham

The Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire, England. It is named after its largest town, Rotherham, but also spans the outlying towns of Maltby, Swinton, Wath-upon-Dearne, Dinnington and also the villages of Rawmarsh and Laughton. A large valley also spans the entire borough. Locally known as the Rother Valley.

Borough of Rotherham
Nickname(s): 
The Heart of SY
Motto(s): 
Where everyone matters
Rotherham shown within South Yorkshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countySouth Yorkshire
Founded1974
Admin. HQRotherham
Government
  TypeRotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Executive:Labour
  MPs:Alexander Stafford (Con),
John Healey (Lab),
Sarah Champion (Lab)
Area
  Total110.6 sq mi (286.5 km2)
Area rank136th
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Total265,411
  RankRanked 60th
  Density2,400/sq mi (930/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00CF (ONS)
E08000018 (GSS)
Ethnicity91.9% White British
4.1% Asian
0.8% Black[1]
Websiterotherham.gov.uk

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the County Borough of Rotherham, with Maltby, Rawmarsh, Swinton and Wath-upon-Dearne urban districts along with Rotherham Rural District and Kiveton Park Rural District.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is one of the safest Labour councils in the United Kingdom, although the number of Labour council seats dropped from 92% to 79% in 2014 following the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.[2]