Lies to the Ombudsman

Arthur Peasgill made this Freedom of Information request to The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please provide the policy of the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) in relation to proven lies being told to it by Councils/officers/complainants.

Clearly Standards in Public Life require honesty and integrity from all public servants. What is the policy of the LGO in relation to its investigations being wilfully misled by Councils/officers?

Is any audit done by the LGO to determine as to whether any of their investigations have been corrupted by deliberately misleading/untruthful responses to their enquiries from Councils/officers/complainants. If yes please provide documentation/evidence of this.

If the LGO had definitive documentary evidence in its possession of lies being related to its investigators or an Ombudsman what action is dicated by policy?

Are there any policies present at the LGO to address the three following scenarios?

A/ Proven fabricated documents being provided to the LGO by Councils/officers/complainants that impact on the decision making process.

B/ Proven tampered with/altered documents being provided to the LGO by Councils/officers/complainants that impact on the decision making process.

C/ Proven wilful or deliberate lies being told to the LGO by Councils/officers/complainants that impact on the decision making process.

If there any such policies, procedures or internal documentation as regards the above please supply them.

The LGO is subject to the "Nolan" Standards in Public Life. Does the LGO expect all public servants involved in his investigations in any way to always tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Please supply the LGO documentation and guidance in relation to Standards in Public Life.

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Peasgill

Trevor R Nunn left an annotation ()

Arthur,

I have done some research on this subject. Whilst I gather and collate further evidence I decided to publish the first stage of my project, the answers to my FOI requests from all councils. These can be read here,

http://ombudsmanwatchers.org.uk/evidence...

Foi Officer, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Dear Mr Peasgill

Our ref: CS/09/116

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information, which we received on 3 November. We will respond within the 20 working day target (which would be by 1 December 2009) or, if unable to do so, we will write to you again explaining why.

Hilary Pook
Communications & Records Manager | DL: 020 7217 4734 |
Local Government Ombudsman's offfice | 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 Mr Peasgill

Our ref: CS/09/116

I attach a letter in response to your request below, along with to documents referred to in the letter.

Yours sincerely

Hilary Pook
Communications & Records Manager | DL: 020 7217 4734 |
Local Government Ombudsman's offfice | 10th Floor |
Millbank Tower | Millbank | London | SW1P 4QP |
www.lgo.org.uk |
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Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS left an annotation ()

The members code attached is not valid and was not authorised by the CLAE it was imposed by Chairs Action in October 2008 when the CLAE Code on Access to Information was lost. The actual copy of the Code is available from wdtk under the Parliamentary Ombudsman who kindly provided a true copy in 2008

A Johnson left an annotation ()

Download it here and compare the two documents.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/14...

Dear Foi Officer,

Please conduct an internal review of this request.

I am told that the members code attached is not valid and was not authorised by the CLAE it was imposed by Chairs Action in October 2008 when the CLAE Code on Access to Information was lost. Can the correct Code be provided if this is correct?

I am also interested as to how the Standards of Public Life impact on the LGO. Honesty and integrity are a vital part of these standards. Do these standards work both ways in relation to the LGO? By this I mean that the LGO surely doesn't lie and doesn't expect other public authorities to lie to it. Are lies accepted by the LGO and never investigated even if brought to their attention whatever the circumstances? This is vitally important in the light of the new responsibilities being given to the LGO. Does the LGO act on lies told to it and brought to its attention during one of its investigations? If it does not that would be a worrying state of affairs at a so called impartial and independent public body.

This has not been addressed in your response.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Peasgill

Foi Officer, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Dear mr Peasgill

I attach a letter from Mr Karney in response to your message below.

Yours sincerely

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