Buckinghamshire County Council (15 019 308)

Category : Education > Other

Decision : Closed after initial enquiries

Decision date : 30 Mar 2016

The Ombudsman's final decision:

Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate how a Council financed a maintained school.

The complaint

  1. The complainant, whom I shall call Mrs X, says the Council unreasonably refused to provide extra funding to a school.

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The Ombudsman’s role and powers

  1. The Ombudsman cannot investigate complaints about what happens in schools. (Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 5, paragraph 5(b))

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How I considered this complaint

  1. I considered the information Mrs X supplied with her complaint. Mrs X has commented on a draft version of this decision.

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What I found

  1. Mrs X is a school governor. She says the Council unfairly refused to provide extra emergency funding to cover a gap in increased pupil numbers.
  2. The Ombudsman has no power to investigate the Council’s actions connected to the internal organisation or management of a school.

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Final decision

  1. The Ombudsman cannot investigate how the Council financed a school.

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Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman

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