Friday, October 22, 2010

Local Government Ombudsman (Amendment) Bill

"Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)
Mr Christopher Chope, supported by Mr Peter Bone, Philip Davies, Mr Philip Hollobone, Mr David Nuttall, Mr Greg Knight and Priti Patel, presented a Bill to extend the powers of the Local Government Ombudsman to provide redress against local authorities which unreasonably ban events on the grounds of health and safety.
Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March 2011, and to be printed (Bill 86)."

About the same time Tony Redmond's replacement starts. See the previous post.

One of many new changes regarding the LGO expected over the next few months. New Chair (Commission for Local Administration), new LGO, new understanding of the risks, Law Commission Review of Public Service Ombudsmen filtering through? 

Is March 2011 when they start to clean up the discredited LGO? Or is this another smoke and mirrors exercise by the Department of Communities and Local Government to give people the impression that things will change for the better when in reality they are going to stay the same. Or heaven forbid, change for the worse?

An effective system of administrative justice costs money, continuing to sweep the problems with Local Government under the carpet, by throwing a few million pounds at an ineffective system of administrative justice (the LGO), is a much cheaper alternative for Eric Pickles and the DCLG.

What a unique position Eric Pickles is in, as Secretary of State for Local Government, does he continue to protect Local Government by retaining an ineffective system of administrative justice or does he improve the system of administrative justice and expose the problems within Local Government? 

We will get the answer to that question next March when the new Chair of the Commission for Local Administration and LGO is recruited by the same department responsible for Local Government. LGO independent of Local Government?

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