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 complainant, whom I shall call Mr B, says it was a political decision to ban him from the Council’s offices for six months.
The Ombudsman’s role and powers
- The Local Government Act 1974 sets out our powers but also imposes restrictions on what we can investigate.
- 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)
How I considered this complaint
- I have considered the information Mr B provided when he made his complaint.
What I found
- 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.
- Mr B says this was a political decision. He wants the Ombudsman to consider his complaint.
- The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint because it is about Mr B’s position as a councillor. The restriction in paragraph 3 applies.
Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman