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Northern Ireland Assembly recruiting for new Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman

May 14, 2020

The Northern Ireland Assembly is now recruiting for a new Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman.  The role of the Ombudsman is to investigate complaints of possible maladministration in the delivery of public services by public bodies. The Ombudsman also discharges the role of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman and Local Government Commissioner for Standards. … Continue reading Northern Ireland Assembly recruiting for new Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman

COVID-19 Update

March 25, 2020

Our office is closed to walk-in visitors but we are still responding to emails and phone enquiries.  If you would like to contact us we would encourage you to do so by email ( or through our online complaints form. We will do our best to respond to your enquiries as soon as we can, … Continue reading COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 update (17 March)

March 17, 2020

We are currently taking steps to manage the circumstances we are all experiencing in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Like most others, including our fellow public sector service providers, this is impacting on our ability to provide our full normal service. We are continuing to provide our services but please be aware that our … Continue reading COVID-19 update (17 March)

Assembly nominates Acting Ombudsman

February 2, 2020

Mr Paul McFadden was nominated by the Northern Ireland Assembly on 3 February 2020 to serve as Acting Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman. Paul has served as Deputy Ombudsman for Northern Ireland since July 2016. At that time he was also appointed the Deputy Commissioner for Local Government Standards, and the Judicial Appointments Ombudsman for … Continue reading Assembly nominates Acting Ombudsman

Records Matter

January 29, 2020

The Public Services Ombudsman, the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Information Commissioner’s Office have worked together to produce a publication on good record-keeping.  “Records Matter: a view from regulation and oversight bodies on the importance of good record keeping” is based on our collective experience of complaint handling, investigations, audits and inspections. To download … Continue reading Records Matter

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The 50th anniversary of the Ombudsman in Northern Ireland: a short film

December 17, 2019

The Ombudsman’s office opened its doors to the public on 22 December 1969.  To mark the occasion we have produced a short film, The 50th Anniversary of the Ombudsman in Northern Ireland, which looks at the Office’s origins and explains more about our work.  The film includes an interview with Dr Paul Arthur, Professor of … Continue reading The 50th anniversary of the Ombudsman in Northern Ireland: a short film

October bulletin

October 8, 2019

The Ombudsman’s bulletin for October contains details of a number of newly released reports in the health, local council and central government sectors.

Complaints to Ombudsman rise for third successive year

July 11, 2019

A report released today has revealed that complaints to the Ombudsman increased by 15% in the last year. During 2018-19 the Office received 762 new complaints. This is the third successive year in which complaints to the Ombudsman have increased.  

Ombudsman finds that proper care and treatment of patient by Trust ‘may have improved her chances of survival’

July 3, 2019

An investigation has found that the Northern Health and Social Care Trust failed to provide adequate care and treatment to a patient who died of multiple organ failure in the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine on 26 September 2015.

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Ombudsman commences investigation into handling of Personal Independence Payments (PIPs)

June 24, 2019

The Ombudsman has informed the Department for Communities that she is launching an investigation into the way the Department administers Personal Independence Payments (PIPs).  The decision follows an ‘own initiative’ investigation proposal sent to the Department earlier this year.