Tuesday, July 22, 2008

National Disgrace

Eric Pickles MP asked the following question of the 7th May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and what proportion of employees of the Local Government Ombudsman have formerly worked in local government.

He received the following reply from John Healey, Department for Communities and Local Government.

Some 55 per cent. of the employees working for the Ombudsman previously worked in local government.

However, if you ask the right question, you get an altogether different answer. As at 1 May 2008, 68% of investigators, 61% of assistant ombudsmen and 100% of the three deputy ombudsmen previously worked in local government. In addition 100% of the Ombudsmen previously worked in local government.

It's a national disgrace that the government has allowed an organisation, set up to impartially investigate local government, to become infiltrated and controlled by such a large proportion of ex local government staff.

Now we know why Local Government Ombudsmen find and report maladministration in less than 1% of complaints submitted to them whilst the Parliamentary Ombudsmen finds maladministration in about 68% of the complaints submitted to her.

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