Monthly News September 2013 27 Sep 2013 Local Government Ombudsman seeks public involvement in groundbreaking new advisory forum Members of the public now have the chance to help shape the future of the Local Government Ombudsman through an innovative new advisory forum. 26 Sep 2013 Cornwall Council agrees remedy with businessman following planning error A businessman who was told by Cornwall Council that he could start building work despite not having all the correct consents has been offered costs of more than £20,000 for delays. 24 Sep 2013 Westminster City Council left 40 homeless families in bed and breakfast accommodation for too long Westminster City Council has been housing families in bed and breakfast accommodation for longer than the recommended legal limit of six weeks, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found. 19 Sep 2013 Failings by Cumbria and Barrow councils leave man unable to enjoy his home A homeowner has been suffering from loud noise, smells and dust from a nearby business for more than six years after both Barrow and Cumbria councils failed to investigate his complaints properly, finds the Local Government Ombudsman. 17 Sep 2013 Worcestershire County Council told to review its complaints handling process Worcestershire County Council failed to follow up a valid children’s safeguarding referral for seven weeks, the Local Government Ombudsman has found. 10 Sep 2013 Councils warned about care home fees following ombudsman’s report The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) is reminding councils across England that they are responsible for the actions of the care homes they work with.