The buck stops with councils on outsourced services says Ombudsman

“Councils must ensure that accountability for any outsourced services is not lost when the service is delivered by an external contractor, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has told MPs.

In evidence to the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Michael King said: “Dealing with complaints about services outsourced to private or voluntary providers or delivered through other types of partnerships has been a growing dimension of our work across all areas we investigate.

“The law is clear: councils can outsource their services, but not the responsibility for them. Councils need to keep robust oversight of any organisations they contract with and have clear arrangements in place for how complaints will be dealt with.”