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Allow the Local Government Ombudsman to regulate town and parish councils.

Submitted by Pruw Boswell on Tuesday 16th November 2021

Published on Monday 22nd November 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 22nd May 2022

Current Signatures: 38
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Boxing ~ Central ~ Council ~ County ~ Government ~ level ~ Parish ~ parish councils ~ Recruitment ~ The Office ~ Town

Petition Action

Allow the Local Government Ombudsman to regulate town and parish councils.

Petition Details

At present the Office of the Local Government Ombudsman is only responsible for County and/or District councils. It cannot therefore sanction other levels such as councils at town or parish councils. This needs to change so that these councils come within its remit.

Additional Information

There have recently been several very public examples of serious misbehaviour in parish and town councils. This has brought this level of government into serious disrepute. Central Government hopes that the ‘ballot box’ will sort out this problem. It will not. Many councils are having ongoing problems with recruitment for new councillors as the community are not willing to become involved after seeing such behaviour. Regulation is seriously needed.

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