Children's Ombudsman calls for different funding system

Children's Ombudsman calls for different funding system

The Children's Ombudsman is calling on the Government to change how her office is funded, saying her independence is curtailed by the current system.

Currently, the Ombudsman receives funding by way of "grant aid", which is routed through the Department of Health.

Emily Logan says this creates a situation whereby those she investigates ultimately decide what resources and budget are allocated to her office, a situation she describes as unacceptable.

Ms Logan thinks the funding should come directly from the Department of Finance.


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