It has been said the Audit Commission and Local Government Ombudsman exist to fend off complaints about Council's and make them look good! It is disturbing to us that of the 440+ Councils listed below - and in consideration of the frequency of known cases of unlawful activity - deception and cover up concerning just Wealden District Council, then statistically around 2,000 crimes a month are committed, which crimes largely go undetected. That is 24,000 serious crimes against the person a year the Police turn a blind eye to, year in year out. Where the Police are funded by local Councils and therefore unlikely to want to bite the hand that feeds them. It's food for thought!
The reason these crimes take place in the first place, is that they are common law offences for which it is notoriously difficult, if not impossible, to galvanize any Police force with priority limitations into action. That is why Lord Nolan, head of the Standards in Public Life Committee, recommended new statute, specifically aimed at reducing the free hand (effectively immunity) council officers enjoy at present. Quite simply, Council officers are above the law as we write. We would like to see the law mature to encompass the impropriety occasioned by planning officers in particular as criminal statute - as a shield to protect the public from heavy handed officials.
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