Tony Redmond and wife / exceptionally long journeys

Ms S Smith made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Local Government Ombudsmen,

Regarding the policy on exceptionally long journeys.

1. Has anybody other than Tony Redmond (and Tony Redmond's wife) invoked this policy to benefit themselves?

2. How does the policy define what an exceptionally long journey is?

3. How does this policy differentiate between a long journey and an exceptionally long journey?

4. Do you hold any evidence that Jerry White, Ann Abraham and Mrs Pat Thomas enquired about the definitions in this policy or the details of this policy?

5. If they did, what was the post of the person who told them how the policy is applied, what was that advice and was the advice in writing?

Yours faithfully,

Ms S Smith

Foi Officer, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Dear Ms Smith

Our ref: CS/10/107

This is to acknowledge receipt of your I request below received on 17 August. I will respond within the 20 working day target (which would be by 15 September 2010) or, if unable to do so, I will write to you again explaining why.

Yours sincerely

Hilary Pook
Communications & Records Manager | DL: 020 7217 4734 |
Local Government Ombudsman's office | 10th Floor |
Millbank Tower | Millbank | London | SW1P 4QP |
www.lgo.org.uk |

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Foi Officer, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Dear Ms Smith

I attach a letter in response to your request below.

Yours sincerely

Hilary Pook
Communications & Records Manager | DL: 020 7217 4734 |
Local Government Ombudsman's office | 10th Floor |
Millbank Tower | Millbank | London | SW1P 4QP |
www.lgo.org.uk |

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Gadawodd A Johnson anodiad ()

"...consistent with a policy agreed by the previous Chairman of the Commission for exceptionally long journeys given that the Chairman will be undertaking a 25 hour journey. There is no written policy."

Who did the previous Chairman agree the policy with?

Where are the minutes of the said meeting?

Why does no written policy exist?

If there is no written policy how did Redmond know about it?

If he quoted it from memory how could it be checked by other commission members?

This smacks of a last minute made up policy to cover an earlier misuse of public funds.

Gadawodd Trevor R Nunn anodiad ()

Was there a meeting between the two Chairs during which the retiring Chair passed on a number of secret and unwritten policies (by whispering in his ear?) to his replacement. Sounds more like the way to run Mafia not the CLAE.

Gadawodd Pauline Nunn anodiad ()

The meeting to agree Mr Redmond's trip was held in secret with no minutes taken. The minutes being fabricated some 5 years later by a member of his staff. An upgrade to his flight was also agreed at the meeting based on an unwritten policy that only Mr Redmond and the retired chair appeared to have been aware of. And the lesson's Mr Redmond learnt, on behalf of the Commission during his Australian trip, also kept secret.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/to...

Gadawodd Anne Hide anodiad ()

The individual LGO could have found any other public authority guilty of maladministration for conducting their affairs in the way in which they, as individual commission members, have managed the affairs of the Commission for Local Administration in England. In a private organisation they would have called the fraud squad in by now.