Monthly News October 2012 30 Oct 2012 Joint Ombudsmen investigation into section 117 aftercare complaint A report of a joint investigation by the Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman about a complaint into the provision of section 117 aftercare is published today (30 October 2012). 25 Oct 2012 Lack of clarity in Shropshire Council’s handling of planning application Shropshire Council imposed a condition about vehicle movements on a planning consent but did not define exactly what it meant, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin. 24 Oct 2012 Ombudsman criticises York Council about family overcrowding City of York Council moved a homeless family into a house that was overcrowded from the moment they moved in, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin. 23 Oct 2012 Ombudsman says Latymer School should admit boy to sixth form The Latymer School wrongly refused to admit a boy to its sixth form finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin. 19 Oct 2012 Suffolk Council criticised for cancelling Talking Books service for some blind users There were flaws in the way Suffolk County Council decided to cancel subscriptions to an audio book service for some blind and visually impaired adults, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin. 19 Oct 2012 Kent Council delayed investigation of elderly man’s injury in care home Kent County Council delayed in investigating how an elderly man came to be seriously injured during an altercation with another resident of his care home. The man died in hospital a few days later. 17 Oct 2012 Local Government Ombudsman commits to greater openness and accountability The Local Government Ombudsman has committed to transforming the organisation in response to the report of the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee on the work of the LGO, published in July. 16 Oct 2012 Birmingham Council wrongly started adult protection investigation Birmingham City Council wrongly started an adult protection investigation into the affairs of a man’s elderly aunt, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Anne Seex. 16 Oct 2012 Ombudsman criticises Bromley Council over boy’s special educational needs London Borough of Bromley delayed in issuing a boy’s statement of special educational needs and failed to make the full provision specified in that statement, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin. 09 Oct 2012 Southampton Council criticised over care home ‘top-up’ fees Southampton City Council wrongly charged an elderly woman’s family ‘top-up’ fees for her residential care, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin. 03 Oct 2012 Leicestershire Council criticised over safety assessment of school walking routes Leicestershire County Council’s assessment of the safety of school walking routes was flawed, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin.