Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Upheld Commercial and contracts 30-Sep-2020
Summary: Mr B, the Chief Executive of a not-for-profit company providing care services, complains the Council made prolonged and unjustified attempts to tarnish his reputation and do him personal harm after it received allegations from members of the company's staff. The Ombudsman finds no evidence to link Mr B's claims of significant personal harm to the actions of the Council in this matter. There was some however fault in the way the Council described Mr B's character in an email, and in its handling of his complaint. That caused injustice for which a remedy has been agreed.
Statement Not upheld Commercial and contracts 14-Aug-2020
Summary: Ms X complains about how the Council handled the marketing and bidding for a business property she wanted to rent. She says she suffered disappointment and uncertainty as a result. The Council is not at fault.
Statement Upheld Commercial and contracts 27-Jul-2020
Summary: Mr B complained the Council failed to provide alternative parking before demolition works as it had promised to do, failed to deal with his complaint properly and failed to ensure contractors followed health and safety practices when removing asbestos. The Council failed to explain the delay in providing extra parking but mitigated that by offering Mr B an alternative garage. That limited Mr B's injustice to frustration, for which an apology is appropriate. The Council properly responded to the complaint but did not follow its complaints procedure which it should do in future. There is no fault in how the Council handled the issue of removal of asbestos.
Statement Upheld Commercial and contracts 28-May-2020
Summary: Mr C complains that there was fault in the way the Council ran a tender for a contract for which his company bid successfully, but which was later awarded to a competitor. The Ombudsman has found that the Council was at fault because it did not establish whether Mr C's bid was compliant before awarding him the contract. The Council has agreed to apologise to Mr C, pay him £250 for the frustration that he experienced at having the contract rescinded, and review its procurement procedures.
Statement Not upheld Commercial and contracts 31-Mar-2020
Summary: There is no evidence of fault in how the Council dealt with a tendering exercise for businesses to provide services.
Statement Not upheld Commercial and contracts 06-Mar-2020
Summary: Mr X complained about how the Council dealt with his tenancy of a retail business. He said it delayed issuing a lease and made his business unviable. We will not investigate Mr X's complaint because it is unlikely further investigation will lead to a different outcome, we cannot achieve the outcome he wants, and he had an alternative, available legal remedy.
Statement Upheld Commercial and contracts 25-Feb-2020
Summary: Mr X complained about the Council's failure to formalise its relationship with his company. He said its failure to do so has caused his company financial and reputational loss. We found the Council took too long to decide Mr X needed to tender for new work. It has apologised which is an appropriate remedy. We will not investigate its actions before 2018 because Mr X could have complained about them to it, and us, sooner.
Statement Upheld Commercial and contracts 11-Feb-2020
Summary: The Ombudsman found fault by the Council on Mr W's complaint about its failure to promptly act to resolve the drainage issue affecting the garages he rents from it. It failed to do works it said it would, failed to show evidence of works done, and failed to clear vegetation. The agreed action remedies the injustice caused. It was not fault for the Council to insist he continues to pay the rent he agreed to pay for them.
Statement Upheld Commercial and contracts 12-Dec-2019
Summary: The Council failed to act in accordance with the terms of its framework agreement for contracts with Mr C, by refusing mediation. This has caused time and trouble for Mr C. The Council will apologise and refer the matter to mediation.
Statement Upheld Commercial and contracts 06-Dec-2019
Summary: Miss X complained about how the Council dealt with her social enterprise business. We find that the Council took too long to agree a lease for her use of its venue. This caused uncertainty. The Council has agreed to waive rental for the two years of uncertainty caused by its delay. It has agreed to apologise to Miss X for uncertainty caused by this fault. The Council has adequately explained why it has decided to charge rental for her social enterprise business, having regard to its circumstances, its procurement strategy and guidance.