During 2003 Gary Powell was so incensed at the way Local Government Ombudsmen were treating complainants he started the Ombudsman Watch (LGOWatch) website. This attracted well over 400 supporters (Ombudsman Watchers) within a few short years
Select committee investigation into the LGO
During 2005 a government select committee initiated an investigation into the Role and Effectiveness of the Local Government Ombudsman. Down load a PDF copy of the report here.
Those who submitted evidence were:
Stuart and Jane Carruthers, Mrs W. McLean, Mr Trevor R. Nunn, Lt Col (retd) C. J. Piper, Dr Anita Jennings, Mr Gary Powell, LGOWatch, Mr Hubert Taylor, Pieter Grootendorst.
The Regulatory Reform (Collaboration between Ombudsmen) Order 2007
During 2007 the government introduced a Regulatory Reform Order that involved Ombudsmen. Read the RRO here.
Those who submitted evidence during the prior consultation were:
Mr Colin Adamson, Mr James Allen, Miss E Bankhead, Stuart and Jane Carruthers, Mr Keith Deacon, Mr and Mrs V Etherington, Mr David F Gowers, Mr J Hall, Mr John Healey, Mr Clive Howard Luck, Dr Anita Jennings, Canon Roger Knight, P Mair, Mr Jonathan Montgomery, Rev'd Dennis Lloyd Nadin, Mr Trevor R Nunn, Mr Kevin Rendel, Fr J P Smith, Mr Hubert Taylor, Ms Angela Walton and Ms Monica Waud.
BlogsSince 2006 a number of blogs have started to highlight the corrupt system of administrative justice operating in this country. You can visit a few here, and here . However, there are many more. Visit our links page use Google to find other examples.
Public Service Ombudsman Watchers
During 2006 the Public Services Ombudsman Watchers website was started by Trevor R Nunn. He started this website for a number of reasons. He wanted to compliment LGO Watch by publishing peoples accounts and experiences with Local Government Ombudsmen. In addition, the Welsh and Scottish Local Government Ombudsmen had changed their name to Public Services Ombudsmen with every likelihood that the English Local Government Ombudsman will eventually follow suit.
Since 2007 a number of petitions have been submitted about Public Service and Local Government Ombudsman Watchers. To read more about petitions and view a list of submitted petitions please visit our petition page.
Public Service and Local Government Ombudsman Watchers Resource CentreWe wanted to ensure that there is a lasting testament to the injustice that people have suffered at the hands of Public Service and Local Government Ombudsmen. Therefore, Gary Powell and Trevor Nunn decided to create this Public Service and Local Government Ombudsman Watchers resource centre as an archive for both websites.
We are working hard to add material to this new resource centre, please bear with us. We have hundreds of pages of information and evidence still to add.
If you want to help then please send us your contribution. Unfortunately we are busy writing up our own accounts and experiences of Public Service Ombudsmen so we just don't have the time to edit and correct documents for other people. Therefore, please read this before submitting information, evidence, personal accounts or case studies.
This resource centre is dedicated to the memory of Jim McBrearty
In the beginning
A group of people dissatisfied with the Welsh Local Government Ombudsman (now the Welsh Public Services Ombudsman) have been identified as the first people to try and do something about the corrupt system of administrative justice in this country.
Even though Jim McBrearty started this group in the pre-internet days of the early 90s he still managed to build an impressive list of people dissatisfied with Local Government Ombudsmen. Unfortunately this group appears to have dissipated following the death of Jim McBrearty.
The original group of ombudsman watchers from Wales were:
Jim McBrearty, T.A. Barks, Holywell, Ken Breaker, Mrs Chris Cannon, John G. Cooper, George Deffee, Alan Clive Edwards, John Gibbs, Robin K. Gocher, Griff Hadfield, Lorwerth Jones, Byron Lewis, Mrs Jose Macdonald, Allan & Eunice Meredith, W.O. (Bill) Olding, Harold V. Palmer, Mrs Dorothy Phillips, Richard & Hilary Pittam, Mrs J. Poirrier, Gil Reece, Helen Roberts, Mike Shannon, Richard F. Shepherd, Pauline & John Smout, Mike Stoddart, Elwyn Thomas, Donald Wood, Gareth Woodham and Alan Woods.