Sunday, July 30, 2006

LGO still burying the truth!

Another LGO smoke and mirrors trick

When Councils failed to meet their deadlines what did the Ombudsmen do?

Did they castigate the Councils and inform the public (and Government) that the majority of Councils were ignoring their deadlines, no they just increased the time they gave the Councils so they could statistically argue that the majority were meeting their deadlines.

The tricks the Ombudsmen get up to in order to help their ex colleagues never ceases to amaze me.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Challenging behaviours?

I was reading the Local Government Ombudsman's 2006 annual report recently and was interested to read the following comment.

'Anecdotally staff are finding a higher proportion of complainants present challenging behaviours'.

I sincerley hope they mean people like me, people who are no longer prepared to accept the perverse policies and dubious tactics they have been getting away with for far too long.

I am not prepared to accept an system that;

is supposed to be impartial but operate a policy of believing everything a Council says,

operates an unfair and unjust internal complaints procedure,

is unaccountable,

is controlled by ex Council Chief Executive Officers,

has ex Council staff in nearly all senior positions,

buries rather than confronts maladministration,

manipulates statistice to improve public perception of their effectiveness,

manipulates procedures to hide poor decisions.

If they do mean people like me, then let's hope even more people start to present the Ombudsman's staff with challanging behaviour.

The Ombudsman may then have no option but to change the system to one which is fairer to complainants.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

New Funny Blog about the LGO

One of our LGO watchers has set up a blog dedicated to all that is funny and unusual about the Local Government Ombudsmen. As a result I have decided to place any material that falls into that category on their site. The Jokers Blog has now been added to the new Public Service Ombudsman Watchers website please visit this site and click on Jokes or Cartoons.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

LGO recruiting even more ex council staff!

The Local Government Ombudsmen are recruiting a legal assistant to work in London.

The advert includes the following requirement

'preferably have a minimum of 1 year’s experience of working as a legal assistant for a council'

The LGO now appears to be off limits to anyone who hasn't worked for a council. Just what have they got to hide?

The irony of the situation is that the Ombudsman refused to investigate my complaint because a Council solicitor lied to them. No doubt making them an ideal candidate for the job.

First hand experience stuffing complainants for a Council must make the LGO think they are the best kind of people to stuff complainants for them

Sunday, July 16, 2006

At what cost?