An MP recently ask the Government a question about the Local Government Ombudsman. The question is on the 'they work for you website'
The answer from Phil Woolas is very interesting. He states that the Local Government Act 1974 does not make provision for the ombudsman to make a specific finding of "administrative fault".
Yet we all know that the Ombudsman often make a finding of administrative fault as a prelude to a local settlement. The funny thing is that the Local Government Act 1974 doesn't make provision for the ombudsman to settle a case either but they do.
Ultra Vires! Ultra Vires! Ultra Vires! Ultra Vires!
To read an earlier posting on this subject click here.