Maladministration is now spiraling out of control for the simple and undeniable fact that it's pays a Local Authority to maladminister their way out of their problems.
Ombudsman watchers knew it would happen, it was just a matter of when. If you allow Local Authorities to make/save money through maladministration and other nefarious activities then they will do it. It's not rocket science.
On the very rare occasion that a Local Government Ombudsman ever finds a Local Authority guilty of maladministration and publishes a report, all the Local Authority is expected to do is put the person back in the position they would have been before the maladministration took place. However, Local Government Ombudsmen derail/bury most of the maladministration committed by a Local Authority so the chance of a Local Authority ever having to offer an appropriate level of restitution is very small indeed (less than 1% of all complaints submitted to them). In addition, should the Local Authority consider the recommended level of compensation is too high they just ignore the Ombudsman altogether (Trafford Council is a typical example).
The bottom line is that it's very profitable (economically worthwhile) for a Local Authority such as Trafford, Tynedale and Cheshire County Council to maladminister their way out of their problems rather than doing their job properly in the first place. On one hand they can save hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pounds, whilst on the other hand should they be one of the very few Local Authorities to be found guilty of maladministration by the Local Government Ombudsman they can still refuse to pay the recommended compensation.
A win win situation the Local Authority and a lose lose situation for the complainant. Whilst unaccountable Local Government Ombudsmen lord it over such a system, maladministration will continue to spiral out of control.