Watchdog gives Hampshire County Council a clean bill of health

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THE Local Government Ombudsman has not upheld complaints against Hampshire County Council during 2011 to 2012, the authority has confirmed.

A total of 103 queries and complaints concerning the council were made to ombudsman Dr Jane Martin and no cases of maladministration were found against it.

The role looks at complaints against councils and investigates them independently.

Of the 103 queries, 55 were referred to the ombudsman’s investigation team, which decided 18 fell outside its jurisdiction.

The ombudsman decided that the council was not at fault in 28 of queries, while nine were discontinued after being resolved.

Council leader Cllr Ken Thornber said: ‘We take comfort in the fact that there are relatively few complaints.’