Sunday, June 27, 2010

Faux Ombudsmen V Real Ombudsmen: Reason 2 Independence

Public Sector Ombudsmen often make a big deal about declaring their independence but are they as independent as a real Ombudsman should be?

Take the Local Government Ombudsman as an example, 
  • They are sponsored by the same government department that also has a responsibility for local government.
  • The majority of their staff are ex local government (the majority of the remainder being ex government departments)  
  • All three Ombudsmen ex local government.
Local Government Ombudsmen: Independent from local government? 
Pull the other one!

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