Tony Redmond - Tour of Australia

jo meeks made this Freedom of Information request to The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Dear Local Government Ombudsmen,

What was the position, or job title, of the person who authorised and cleared the payments that enabled Chairman Tony Redmond to comprehensively tour Australia at no cost to himself in 2005?

Yours faithfully,

Jo Meeks

Anne Hide left an annotation ()

Tony Redmond is the Chairman of the Commission for Local Administration in England whoever it was effectively worked for him. Would you say no to your boss if he told you to put his expenses claim through?

He only claimed for an all expenses trip to Australia and back at taxpayers expense after all. It's not as if he claimed for a duck house, a couple of porn films or a Kit Kat. :)

Foi Officer, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Dear Ms Meeks

Our ref: CS/10/050

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below received on 27 May. We will respond within the 20 working day target (which would be by 25 June 2010) or, if unable to do so, we will write to you again explaining why.

Yours sincerely

Hilary Pook
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Local Government Ombudsman's office | 10th Floor |
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jo meeks left an annotation ()

I'm interested to see if there is one rule for Local Government administration, and another one for the Commission for Local Government Administration! Where audit trails are concerned.

Foi Officer, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Dear Ms Meeks

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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Anne Hide left an annotation ()

His colleagues authorised the trip? I wonder if he returned the favour and authorised a trip for them at another time? Why no independent scrutiny?