Date(s) - 28/01/2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The Administrative Justice Council is proud to present ‘A Manifesto for Ombudsman Reform’, a webinar which will consider how the ombudsman office could be further empowered to advance accountable government in the public interest. Last year, the lead arguments and proposals for legislative reform on the English-based public service ombudsman schemes were brought together in a collection by R. Kirkham and C. Gill (eds) A Manifesto for Ombudsman Reform (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020). One of the main claims of the book was that the ombudsman office needed stronger powers, in particular more power to pursue public interest investigations. This webinar will ask whether recent events have demonstrated why a strong ombudsman office is beneficial for better government, considering in particular: the Windrush affair; the Covid crisis; and the new powers of the ombudsman offices in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Panellists include:

  • Dr. Naomi Creutzfeldt (Chair)
  • Chris Gill (University of Glasgow) and Richard Kirkham (University of Sheffield)
  • Margaret Kelly (Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman)
  • Nick Bennet (Public Services Ombudsman for Wales)
  • Rob Behrens (Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman)
  • Mick King (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman)
  • Rosemary Agnew (Scottish Public Services Ombudsman)

Attendance by invitation only.    A further open event will be held later in the year.