E-petition to abolish the Local Government Ombudsman on the Downing Street
An online petition to the Prime Minister, calling on the Government to
implement Sir Geoffrey Chipperfield's 1995 recommendations and abolish the
Local Government Ombudsman institution, has been started.
The petition is at
and those wishing to see the abolition of the LGO are signing up to support
the following statement:
'Sir Geoffrey Chipperfield recommended abolition of the LGO because they
were an unnecessary institution whose work could best be carried out by
other bodies. His report was subverted by the interference of the then LGO
and its allies. Since then the LGO has demonstrably failed to improve the
system, and continues to exclude the public interest from their remit.
Irrefutable evidence of its dishonesty and bias has been gathered by
LGOWatch since 2003. The LGO is counter-productive to effective management
in local government and a blight on the human rights of citizens looking to
this publicly funded institution to act in good faith. On the rare occasions when it is found, the intervention of the LGO tends to entrench maladministration rather than put a stop to it. The continuance of this office is not in the public interest.'
Further information about the LGO and the Chipperfield report can be found
in the LGO Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Government_Ombudsman . and also at
www.ombudsmanwatch.org and the other anti-LGO web sites and blogs advertised
on this site.