Agreed - on first consideration - the 2 emphatic “no” answers already submitted.
But then I got to wondering.....
What about the local government and social care ombudsman? Whilst I know certain local authority functions can be examined by the ombudsman - not the decision arrived at but rather that the correct PROCESS was followed in arriving at that decision - but what about parish councils?
Can the ombudsman examine PROCESS at PC level?
I don’t know.
Interestingly, in the example of the poster’s question, it would be necessary for the person that was dissatisfied with a PC decision (and let’s face it - it’s quite likely that correct process may not have been followed) to first inform the PC that they were dissatisfied, and why, in order to provide the opportunity for it to be re-visited should the PC so desire (or be required by existing orders ) to do so.
If, maybe a big if, it was still felt that process was incorrect, and that the perceived deficiency had been highlighted and opportunity to remedy requested....
Only then might it be possible to engage the ombudsman - but I’m still not sure they even dip down so far as PC.
On a side note, just recently had a MO (seemingly illogically) refuse to investigate a matter which had been referred to them.
Pointed out the reasons provided for rejection were nonsensical and asked that the matter be progressed.
Got a reply with a different (but equally nonsensical) justification for rejection.
Replied again, again pointing out that both sets of reasons for rejection were utter claptrap and again asking that the matter be progressed appropriately - but this time with mention of engaging the ombudsman if necessary
MO response, for the 3rd time, again rejected the issue and provided a link to ombudsman website in that email - you’d think they would have (ought to have) known that internal complaints process needs to be exhausted before a matter will be examined by ombudsman
The day after the complaint about the MO was submitted the apology arrived with an affirmation that the business, as originally submitted, would be progressed
Bloody waste of time and effort, and another straw on the camels back of lack of confidence in the LA.
Only in the public sector is this level, consistency and persistence of incompetence tolerated