Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Press Notices

Session 2004-05  22 February 2005



The ODPM Committee has resolved to hold a one-off evidence session on Tuesday 15 March on The Role and Effectiveness of the Local Government Ombudsmen for England .  The Committee will be taking evidence from Mr Tony Redmond, Mrs Patricia Thomas and Mr Jerry White, Local Government Ombudsmen for England.

The Local Government Ombudsmen investigate complaints of injustice arising from maladministration by local authorities and certain other bodies. Each deals with complaints from different parts of the country, concerning most council matters, including housing, planning, education, social services, consumer protection, drainage and council tax.

The Committee invites written evidence for this session by Monday 7 March 2005 . It is unlikely that evidence submitted after this date will be published. (Witnesses who wish their evidence to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee clerk in advance.) The form which such evidence should take is set out below B please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk.

Contact: Charlotte Littleboy, Committee Clerk 020 7 219 3290



Mr Tony Redmond is the Local Government Ombudsman for London Boroughs north of the river Thames and Richmond (but not Harrow or Tower Hamlets), Essex, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Coventry City.

Mrs Patricia Thomas is the Local Government Ombudsman for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Birmingham City, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and the north of England (except the cities of York and Lancaster)

Mr Jerry White is the Local Government Ombudsman for London boroughs south of the river Thames (except Richmond) and Harrow; the cities of York and Lancaster; and the rest of England not included in the areas of Mr Redmond and Mrs Thomas.

Written evidence must if possible be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in MS Word or Rich Text format.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. If sent by post it should be sent to the Clerk, ODPM Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 4972.