The only criteria they have is that a minimum of 5 years must have elapsed between starting work for them and being involved in a complaint about the council they used to work for. This is despite the fact that the majority of the people they worked with may still work for the council you are complaining about. In many instance they may still be friends with many of the people they worked with.
This is an affront to Justice, can you imagine the uproar if a Judge was found to have worked for the defendant.
If you are interested in identifying whether an ex member or officer of the council you are complaining about works for the Local Government Ombudsman's office you are complaining to then why not submit a Freedom of Information request in order to put your mind at rest.
Whilst I have asked for information I am interested in you may prefer to identify if anyone who worked for the council you complained about worked for the LGO during the specific period of your complaint.
'I would like to know how many people worked for the Commission for Local Administration in England between [insert dates when your complaint started with the council and was eventually determined by the Ombudsman] also worked for [insert the name of the council you complained about] prior to taking up employment with the Commission and are based at the [insert the Ombudsman's office who dealt with your complaint].
When you have drafted your request submit it here