Ombudsman criticises Bradford Council

Bradford City Hall Credit: Bradford Council

Bradford Council cost a man with learning difficulties years of funding amounting to over £100,000, according to a report by the Local Government Ombudsman, Anne Seex. In her report she says the Council provided wrong information to the Independent Living Fund (ILF) – that Mr A was going into

residential care – when in fact he was moving into supported housing. If the ILF had not been given this wrong information it would have continued to pay Mr A £750 per month. The total amount of ILF payments that Mr A lost because of the Council's maladministration comes to just over £100,000.

The Council has agreed to pay Mr A this amount and to continue to pay him the difference between what he would have been entitled to and what he can now get. That is currently £142 per week. It will also pay Mr A’s brother £5,000 to recognise the extraordinary lengths he had to go to in

pursuing justice for his brother. Ombudsman also recommends the Council should apologise to both brothers.