Local Government Ombudsman has taken the unusual step of ordering that a
resident’s legal costs be reimbursed by Bexley council as well as awarding her
£5,000 for “distress, outrage, inconvenience, time and trouble”.
The case involved an issue of child protection, councillor Katie Perrior’s area of responsibility. Bexley council was held to have neither produced nor implemented a clear investigation plan, inappropriately questioned, failed to pursue reasonable lines of enquiry and failed to properly record evidence and decisions.
The full report may be read on the Local Government Ombudsman’s website.