Thursday, September 18, 2008

Radio Ga Ga (update)

Further to my previous post Radio Ga Ga

Following further investigation it appears that Mrs Seex, York Local Government Ombudsman, misled listeners when she suggested it was rare for a council to ignore an Ombudsman.

This is an extract from Trafford Council's response to a freedom of information request.

a) Our records go back to 2001. In the last seven years there have been five findings of maladministration against Trafford Council by the Local Government Ombudsman

b) In four of the cases, the Council did not accept the finding in full or in part.

So we have Trafford Council, the council also asked to take part in the radio programme, admitting that they ignore the Ombudsman, in full or in part, 80% of the time whilst the Ombudsman told listeners it was rare for a council to ignore an ombudsman. Up to now we have also identified about 20 other councils that have also ignored the ombudsman.

The York LGO only produced about 20 reports this last reporting year and at least 20% of those were ignored in full or in part by the councils concerned.

[A lie is a type of deception in the form of an untruthful statement with the intention to deceive, often with the further intention to maintain a secret or reputation, ...]

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