The previous chair of the Commission for Local Administration in England and Local Government Ombudsman retired during November 2010. Since that time we have only had two out of the normal complement of three Local Government Ombudsmen in England.
Therefore, why should the taxpayer fork out £170,000 plus for a replacement LGO when it is now evident that they are not needed. They had little effect on council wrongdoing before November 2010 and nothing has changed since.
So why not save the taxpayer some £16million a year and get rid of them all. The ineffectual LGO have no impact on council wrongdoing just as the ineffectual Care quality Commission has had no impact on care home wrongdoing.
Currently our watchdogs are nothing more than taxpayer funded government sponsored window dressing that have now become part of the problem not part of the solution.