Monthly News October 2011 28 Oct 2011 Northampton Council criticised for refusing disabled facilities grant Northampton Borough Council wrongly refused a disabled facilities grant (DFG) application for an extension so a disabled man could access bathing facilities. 19 Oct 2011 West Dorset Council criticised over “incongruous” beach chalet West Dorset District Council failed to spot gross error in plans for a replacement beach chalet at West Bexington 14 Oct 2011 Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Councils criticised over boy’s lost education A boy with special educational needs lost a year’s full-time education as a result of faults by Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. 13 Oct 2011 Ombudsman criticises Hounslow Council’s treatment of a homeless woman London Borough of Hounslow failed to provide adequate help to a homeless woman fleeing domestic violence. 06 Oct 2011 Can't pay? Won't pay? - Ombudsmen highlight flaws in the way councils decide to pursue bankruptcy for council tax debts The Local Government Ombudsmen have today (6 October 2011) published a report summarising their experience of complaints so that councils can avoid maladministration and advice agencies can identify suitable cases to refer on to the Ombudsmen.