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LONDON COUNCIL CHIEF APPOINTED TO LEAD LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN COMMISSION

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Harrow LBC chief executive Anthony Redmond has been appointed chief executive and chair of the Commission for Local...
Harrow LBC chief executive Anthony Redmond has been appointed chief executive and chair of the Commission for Local Administration in England.

Mr Redmond will also succeed Edward Osmotherly, who retires on 1 September.

The new appointment will take effect from 12 November 2001.

He said: 'This represents a tremendous opportunity for me and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.

'I will be leaving behind an organisation which is committed to delivering

good quality services in a rapidly changing environment and for which I feel great affection.'

Biographical Note

Mr Redmond has been chief executive at Harrow LBC since 1987. His work in local government began in 1962 when he joined Liverpool City Council immediately after leaving school. Prior to his appointment as chief executive at Harrow, he was the borough treasurer and deputy chief executive at Knowsley MBC. In addition to his duties as chief executive, Mr Redmond is also treasurer to the West London Waste Authority, a past director of the North West London TEC, a member of the Queen Mary Westfield College (University of London) public policy advisory board and chair of the UK treasury management panel.

Background

The Commission for Local Administration in England (the CLA or Local Government Ombudsman) was established by Part III of the Local Government Act 1974. Its main purpose is to conduct investigations into complaints, from members of the public, of injustice caused through maladministration by local authorities (principally district, borough, city and county councils) and certain other bodies. It is also empowered to provide advice and guidance to local authorities on good administrative practice.

The commission comprises three commissioners for local administration ('ombudsmen'), each responsible for investigating complaints in one area of the country, the parliamentary commissioner for administration, and investigatory and support staff. Its work is funded by a grant made annually by the DTLR.

The local government ombudsman service is impartial, independent (of central and local government) and free to complainants. Where it is found that a complainant has suffered injustice caused through maladministration, the ombudsman makes a recommendation to put it right.

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