COUNCILLOR Jim Robins has called for the council leader David Renard to resign from his position with immediate effect.

This follows the damming report issued by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission that determine Swindon Borough Council and the Clinical Commission Group are jointly responsible for the lack of effectiveness in implementing special education needs and disability.

Cllr Robins said: “How many times will David Renard need to be told by Ofsted that the council’s children’s services department is failing before he takes responsibility for the failure.

“The report clearly shows that that children are at risk. It’s not good enough, responsibility needs to be taken.

“David is the leader of the council and he oversees these departments, he should resign immediately.”

Mr Renard responded: “It’s very clear that the inspection was not just of the council but also the CCG and other services.

“The report makes it clear that there has been strong leadership shown throughout. I fully accept that we are not where we should be but it has been made very clear where we need to be at.

“We are committed across all services to making an improvement.”