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Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019

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(introduced by section 75)

SCHEDULE 5CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

This schedule has no associated Explanatory Notes

PART 1Investigations

Care Standards Act 2000 (c.14)

1Insert new section 75ZB—

75ZBWorking jointly with the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

(1)This section applies where it appears to the Commissioner that a case which he is—

(a)examining in accordance with regulations made under section 74, or

(b)considering whether to examine in accordance with such regulations,

relates to or raises a matter which could be the subject of an investigation by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (the ‘connected matter’).

(2)Where the Commissioner considers it appropriate, he must inform the Ombudsman about the connected matter.

(3)Where the Commissioner considers that the case also relates to or raises a matter which he is entitled to examine himself (the ‘children matter’), he must also if he considers it appropriate—

(a)inform the Ombudsman about the Commissioners proposals for examination of the case, and

(b)consult the Ombudsman about those proposals.

(4)Where the Commissioner and the Ombudsman consider that they are entitled to examine, respectively, the children matter and the connected matter they may—

(a)co-operate with each other in the separate examination of each of those matters;

(b)act together in the examination of those matters; and

(c)prepare and publish a joint report containing their respective conclusions in relation to the matters they have each examined.

(5)Where the Commissioner considers—

(a)that the case is not one which relates to or raises a matter that he is entitled to examine himself, and

(b)that it is appropriate to do so,

he must inform the person whose case it is, or another person interested in it that he thinks fit, about how to secure referral to the Ombudsman of the connected matter.

2Insert new section 75ZC—

75ZCWorking jointly with the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

(1)This section applies where it appears to the Commissioner that a case which he is—

(a)examining in accordance with regulations made under section 74, or

(b)considering whether to examine in accordance with such regulations,

relates to or raises a matter which could be the subject of an investigation by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

(2)Where the Commissioner considers it appropriate, he must—

(a)inform the Ombudsman about the case, and

(b)consult him in relation to it.

(3)Where the Commissioner consults the Ombudsman under this section, he and the Ombudsman may—

(a)co-operate with each other in relation to the case;

(b)conduct a joint examination into the case;

(c)prepare and publish a joint report in relation to the case.

Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 (c.23)

3Insert new section 67B—

67BProtection from defamation claims

For the purposes of the law of defamation, the publication in a communication between the Auditor General for Wales or the Wales Audit Office and the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales of a matter in connection with a joint investigation conducted under section 68(2) of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019, is absolutely privileged.

Public Audit (Wales) Act 2013 (anaw 3)

4Insert new section 29A—

29AWorking with the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

(1)Where the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales consults the Auditor General under section 68 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 3), the Ombudsman and the Auditor General may—

(a)co-operate with each other in relation to the matter,

(b)conduct a joint investigation into the matter, and

(c)prepare and publish a joint report in relation to the investigation.

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (anaw 2)

5In section 25, after subsection 1(c), insert—

(d)an investigation under the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 3) by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (and references in this section to the other Commissioner or the Commissioners include the Ombudsman).

PART 2MISCELLANEOUS

Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c.13)

6In section 4 (departments etc. subject to investigation), in subsection (3A), for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

7In section 11A (consultations between Parliamentary Commissioner and other Commissioners or Ombudsmen), in subsection (1)(b), for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Local Government Act 1974 (c.7)

8In section 34M (consultation with other Commissioners), in subsection (1)(d), at the end insert “or the PSOWA 2019”.

9In section 34T (interpretation of Part 3A), in subsection (1), after the definition of “the PSOWA 2005” insert—

  • “the PSOWA 2019” means the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019,.

Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (c.46)

10In Schedule A2 (decisions on reviews by person appointed by Welsh Ministers), in paragraph 7, for “the Public Services (Ombudsman) Wales Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 and the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c.42)

11In section 5 (designation and reports of monitoring officer)—

(a)in subsection (2)(c), at the end insert “or the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(b)in subsection (2AA), after “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” insert “or the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

12In section 5A (reports of monitoring officer – local authorities operating executive arrangements)—

(a)in subsection (3)(c), at the end insert “or the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(b)in subsection (4A), after “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” insert “or the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (c.9)

13In Schedule 1B (decisions on reviews by person appointed by Welsh Ministers), in paragraph 7, after “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” insert “and the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

14In Schedule 3 (determination of certain appeals by person appointed by Secretary of State), in paragraph 7(3), after “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” insert “and the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Health Service Commissioners Act 1993 (c.46)

15In section 18 (consultation during investigations), in subsection (1)(ba), at the end insert “or the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Housing Act 1996 (c.52)

16In section 50C (grounds for giving notice), in subsection (10), at the end insert “or section 23 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

17In section 51 (schemes for investigation of complaints), in subsection (7), for “section 41 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “section 78 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c.36)

18In section 76 (disclosure of information between Commissioner and ombudsmen), in the second column of the row that refers to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales in the table in subsection (1), at the end insert “or Part 3 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Local Government Act 2000 (c.22)

19In section 68 (Public Services Ombudsman for Wales), in subsection (3), for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

20In section 70 (investigations: further provisions), in subsection (2)(b), for “sections 13 to 15 and Part 2B of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “sections 18 to 20 and Part 6 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (c.43)

21In section 113 (complaints about health care), in subsection (4)(aa)—

(a)for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(b)for “section 2(3)” substitute “section 3(3)”.

National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006 (c.42)

22In section 187 (independent advocacy services), in subsection (3)—

(a)in the definition of “health service body”, for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c.10)” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(b)in the definition of “independent palliative care provider”, for “section 34T of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “section 64 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(c)in the definition of “independent provider”, for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Act 2006 (c.30)

23In section 18 (power to disclose information), in subsection (1)(b), at the end insert “or section 66 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019 (working jointly with specified persons)”.

Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32)

24In Schedule 8 (Auditor General for Wales), in paragraph 17(8)(ba), for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c.28)

25In section 223A (independent advocacy services), in subsection (10)—

(a)in the definition of “health service body”, for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(b)in the definition of “independent provider”, for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(c)in the definition of “Welsh health body”, for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (anaw 4)

26In section 171 (complaints about social services), in subsection (3)(a)—

(a)for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(b)for “section 2(3)” substitute “section 3(3)”.

27In section 177 (further consideration of representations), in subsection (4)(a)—

(a)for “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005” substitute “the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”;

(b)for “section 2(3)” substitute “section 3(3)”.

Data Protection Act 2018 (c.12)

28In Schedule 2 (exemptions etc from the GDPR), in paragraph 10(2)(c)(iv), at the end insert “or Part 5 of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019”.

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