The Peak District National Park Authority’s (PDNPA) claim of not having a case of maladministration being found against them in the financial years between 2008 and 2011 (Matlock Mercury, April 26, 2012, page 5) immediately caught my attention.
I would wish to congratulate the authority on another stunning display of mis-direction and data manipulation that continues to demonstrate their lack of openness and integrity.
I would invite the PDNPA to clarify how they reached this statistic with special reference to the Ombudsman’s provisional findings dated March 26, 2012, in my own case against then where ‘maladministration has been identified and acknowledged’.
Whilst the PDNPA’s statement is, as constructed, no doubt perfectly accurate, it fails to give an honest appraisal of the situation.
I am sure the PDNPA will choose one of two routes to explain this omission (i) they may refer to the financial year ended March 31, 2011 (one year old data) as actually being the end point of their measure, or, (ii) despite their acknowledgement of maladministration, this is only a provisional finding and therefore should not be included.
I will leave it to the readers to make their own judgements on whether the PDNPA were appropriate in using this data to paint a picture of unblemished performance to discredit Professor Everard’s concerns regarding maladministration.