Let me tell you now that I am
not a lover of local authorities or local authority bureaucracy. They sit
behind their desks with their index linked pensions and index linked incomes,
drinking tea and generally having a good time. That's why no one ever leaves! I'm
sorry I appear cynical, but that is my view and my experience. I would be the
last person to jump to their defence. However, getting off my soapbox:...
I'm sorry but under the
circumstances I don't think you can expect the local authority to go back
beyond six years on the off chance that there may be a relative. Staff change
and unless anyone had any knowledge of it there is no way that they could have
known there was a sister unless there were cards all letters or something else,
somewhere in his effects that would point to that. There is no way would know
whether they had undertaken that task or whether the home that he was in had
undertaken that task. Certainly, the local authority deal enquire of care homes
if they know of any other relatives and if you had not seen him for five or six
years it is not unreasonable for them to say there was no one that they knew of.
You can raise a complaint with
the local authority and you can refer the matter to the Local Government
Ombudsman but it is not something that I think would come to anything.
Certainly, this will happen again in exactly the same way as it's happened
before. Your complaint will not make any difference whatsoever.
I'm sorry to be so blunt with
you and I appreciate that this is not the answer you wanted, although it may be
what you expected. There is no point in me misleading you and telling you that
yes, they have been absolutely negligent and go for it and you will get a
wonderful result, because you will not, in my experience and opinion. Sorry
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