In an article about councils charging for using their local tip
"Communities Secretary Eric Pickles condemned the charges and warned that the result will be increased fly-tipping and high costs for clearing up the mess it causes.
‘I have grave concerns over the legality of this move, which runs contrary to the intentions of Parliament. I urge local residents in Somerset to report their councils to the District Auditor or the Local Government Ombudsman who have powers to block these charges.’"
My comment: Oh no they don't Eric, and if you, the man in charge of the DCLG, the government department which recruits Local Government Ombudsmen, doesn't know they have no powers to force a council to do anything, something is seriously wrong.
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