Radio 4 You and Yours programme available on-line until next week.
Local Government Ombudsmen don't want enforcement powers for one reason and one reason only. Article 6 of the Human Rights Act would be engaged. This would force them out of a cosy 'pseudo' judicial role, where they can conveniently ignore things like natural justice, legal and human rights. It would also mean they would no longer be in a position to bury maladministration for their friends and ex collogues still in local government and that's the last thing they want.