Saturday, October 28, 2006

Linguistic gymnastics

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.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Delay delay delay!

A common phrase used in house buying is location, location, location.

When dealing with the Local Government Ombudsman the phrase delay, delay, delay would appear to be more appropriate.

I was told in May 2006 that following a number of comeback requests my complaint would finally be investigated. I posted an update during August 2006 but at that time I was still waiting for the Councils' formal responses to my 2002 complaint. (My 2002 complaint was against two Councils, a Borough Council and a County Council.)

It's now the middle of October 2006 and I am still waiting for the County Councils' formal response to my 2002 complaint. Why am I still waiting after 5 months? The answer to that question will be posted in a few weeks.

Friday, October 06, 2006

New Public Sector Ombudsman Watchers website.

A number of Local Government Ombudman Watchers have decided to launch a new website dedicated to exposing the perverse decisions of the LGO. However, they are all aware that the LGO and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) are going to merge at some time in the near future and become the Public Sector Ombudsman (PSO). As a result they have decided to call the new website Public Sector Ombudsman Watchers.

This is intended to compliment rather than compete with Ombudsmanwatch. The main difference being the inclusion of complainants stories and experiences. Obviously this will now include the PHSO.

Some of the material that my fellow bloggers and I have on our blogs will also be uploaded to the new website. However, until the LGO resolve my complaint to my satisfaction I intend to continue with my personal blog in addition to assisting with the new site.

The new website will take some time to organise but from small acorns..............................! In any event the merger between the PHSO and LGO will not take place for a few months so there is plenty of time.

If you visit the site please be aware that they still have to upload the site template and core information. However, once that is done new information will be added at regular intervals.