Friday, December 25, 2009

Want a New Year resolution? Say no, no, no to the LGO

A Jerry White Free Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2009

Xmas message from the LGO

Christmas message from me: Expanding the remit of a demonstrably failing institution (The LGO) may prolong its life in the short term but in doing so it will just expose their failings to a wider audience thus adding to the certainty of its demise.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Anger Management

2009 legal review awards 'Anger Management' "in response to the incompetence of a public authority. In his judgement criticising Orkney Island Council and Cambridgeshire County Council for their failures to give priority to the needs of a very vulnerable child, he revealed that he “found it necessary to adjourn the hearing briefly so as to ensure that no wholly improper judicial observations escaped my lips”, and he had not given his judgement immediately “because I did not trust myself to express my views in a temperate manner”. More awards here

38 complaints not 1 report of maladministration!

Accordingly many people have to ensure no wholly improper observations about the LGO escape their lips.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Over 98% of people who voted think the current LGO should resign

In a recent poll I conducted I asked the following question
Do you think the current Local Government Ombudsmen should resign?

321 people said yes whilst only 5 said no. I also know three of those who said no were council staff because I monitored the IP address of all those who voted.

Unlike the Local Government Ombudsmen I did not exclude those who may have said no. Whilst in their last survey the Local Government Ombudsmen excluded 14% of the people who may have given them a bad review in order to enhance the outcome in their favour.
Message to the Government

Over 98% of people who voted think the current Local Government Ombudsmen should resign.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Why don't the LGO resign as well?

The chairman of the health and social care regulator, which was branded "toothless" after a report in to hospital standards, is to resign.

Baroness Young will leave her position with the Care and Quality Commission (CQC) in February of next year. Full story here.

Local Government Ombudsmen are well known "toothless tigers" so why don't they resign as well?
In addition to being "toothless" watchdogs, Ofsted, LGO, CQC and others all meekly accept everything the authority they are supposed to be monitoring tells them. Without any prudent validation of what they are being told. Until of course a Baby P or Basildon hits the press then they all start protecting their backsides and running for cover. Just look at what happened in Ofsted after Haringey and Baby P and what is happening in CGC after Basildon NHS.
The Government needs to sack the lot of them and start again with fully accountable watchdogs who don't pervert their mandate so they can protect the authorities instead of the victims of authority wrongdoing.
If public authority watchdogs protected the victims rather than the authority it is very likely that the horrific tragedies at Haringey and Basildon could have been avoided.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Petition to the Queen

I am now completing my personal petition to the Queen asking her to remove the two remaining ex council chief executive officer Local Government Ombudsmen from office for misbehaviour. The relevant part of the 1974 Local Government Act Part III Section 23 (4)

'Appointments to the office of Commissioner shall be made by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the Secretary of State after consultation with [such persons as appear to the Secretary of State to represent authorities in England or, as the case may be, authorities in Wales to which this Part of this Act applies], and a person so appointed shall, subject to subsection (6) below, hold office during good behaviour'.

Although I doubt she will actually remove them from office, I have collected enough evidence to make someone in Government, particularly the Secretary of State, think twice about scrutinising them somewhat closer than they have ever been scrutinised before.

Like all letters to the Queen, Government, MPs and the press and blogs, websites and forums, individually they may appear to have a negligible affect but together they can and eventually will make a difference. The current corrupt system of administrative justice must be improved and that process can only begin when all ex council chief executive officer Local Government Ombudsmen are removed from office.

Message to all those who have suffered injustice at the hands of the Local Government Ombudsman: I am doing my bit, are YOU doing yours?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

When is a statute not a statute?

I have just had to submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner as a result of my Freedom of information request about the number of Section 32(3) notices Birmingham City Council has served on the Local Government Ombudsman over the last 5 years.

As readers will know I have submitted this request to every English Council but Birmingham City Council's refusal to give me the information stands head and shoulders above other council's ridiculous excuses for not supplying the information.

Whilst most councils use costs as a basis for not supplying the information Birmingham City Council now suggest that a 1974 Local Government Act Part III Section 32(3) notice is not a statutory notice at all, it is merely a letter to the Ombudsman.

Now a statute is simply a law enacted by legislation. The legislation in question is the 1974 Local Government Act. Therefore, a Section 32(3) notice has legal effect, it is not merely a letter to an Ombudsman, it is a legal notice forcing the Ombudsman to comply.

If you live in Birmingham may I suggest that next time you receive a parking ticket you suggest to the council that it was merely a letter to the driver of the car and as such has no legal standing. Then see what they have to say.