Dear Sir or Madam,
During the last five years how many times has the Local Government Ombudsman (as a result of investigating a complaint against Alnwick District Council) brought to the attention of the council the fact that a member of Alnwick District Council staff had misled them, lied to them or done anything else to hinder their investigation. If they have what disciplinary action was taken against the individual(s) concerned by the council.
Trevor R Nunn
Dear Mr Nunn
Thank you for your request dated 7th January 2009. I will be the
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Neil J Masson
Dear Mr Nunn
The Chief Executive's PA has confirmed that there has been no instances
such as you describe in your request.
If I can be of any further assistance please let me know.
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