London Borough of Enfield (16 018 355)

Category : Other Categories > Other

Decision : Closed after initial enquiries

Decision date : 22 Mar 2017

The Ombudsman's final decision:

Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint. Mr B’s complaint is about his position as a councillor and we cannot accept his complaint.

The complaint

  1. The complainant, whom I shall call Mr B, says it was a political decision to ban him from the Council’s offices for six months.

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The Ombudsman’s role and powers

  1. The Local Government Act 1974 sets out our powers but also imposes restrictions on what we can investigate.
  2. We can only accept complaints from members of the public or their authorised representatives. This means we cannot accept complaints from councillors complaining about something relating to their position as a councillor. (Local Government Act 1974, section 26A, as amended)

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How I considered this complaint

  1. I have considered the information Mr B provided when he made his complaint.

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What I found

  1. Mr B complains the Councillor Conduct Committee recently considered a complaint against him and decided to ban him from the Council’s offices for six months.
  2. Mr B says this was a political decision. He wants the Ombudsman to consider his complaint.

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Final decision

  1. The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint because it is about Mr B’s position as a councillor. The restriction in paragraph 3 applies.

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Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman

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