Further to my earlier post regarding Section 32(3) notices I have the following update.
On the 29th September 2009 I submitted the following Freedom of Information request using the What Do They Know website.
Over the last five years how many times has the Secretary of State lifted a (Local Government Act 174 part III) Section 32(3) notice for each Local Government Ombudsman and which councils issued them?
After a delay which forced me to submit a request for an internal review I received the following response.
We are not aware of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government using his powers under Section 32(3) of Part 3 of the Local Government Act 1974 on any occasion over the last five years.
That means that over the last five years the Local Government Ombudsman can't have asked the Secretary of State to lift a Section 32(3) notice served on them by a Council. Even though some are known to have been wrongly served.
The evidence proving that Local Government Ombudsmen are biased in favour of councils is now overwhelming and can no longer be ignored.