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Local Government Ombudsman

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are in place for oversight of the work of the Local Government Ombudsman; and if he will make a statement. (290736)

Through the Local Government Act 1974 Parliament has established the local government ombudsman as independent of both central Government and local government. Parliament has required the ombudsman to present an annual report to it and the ombudsman’s decisions, including on individual cases, can be subject to judicial review by the courts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future oversight of the work of the Local Government Ombudsman; and what representations he has received on the creation of a body to oversee that work. (290737)

Through the Local Government Act 1974 Parliament has established the local government ombudsman as independent of both central Government and local government. Parliament has required the ombudsman to present an annual report to it and the ombudsman’s decisions, including on individual cases, can be subject to judicial review by the courts. We consider this sufficient.

The Department occasionally receives correspondence or take telephone calls from members of the public seeking clarification on who supervises the work of the ombudsman.