A Labour politician has described Rotherham as the ‘forgotten town’ of the steel crisis, arguing that if the town’s Tata plant were to close it would have a ‘huge impact’ on the council’s finances.
Speaking to ITV Calendar, John Healey said Tata is the biggest single business rates payer in Rotherham, contributing more than £3m per year to the council’s budget.
Criticising the Government for ‘dragging its feet’ over the last few months, the Wentworth and Dearne MP warned that the closure of the steelworks would lead to deeper cuts or an increase in council tax rates. He added that he believes it would be incumbent on the Government to fill the gap.
The comments come a day after Business Minister Anna Soubry visited the town yesterday, which has already been hit by hundreds of redundancies in the past month.