The Ombudsman found that the City of London did not contravene the open meeting requirements when six members of council met for lunch at a local restaurant on February 21, 2012, prior to a budget meeting and several committee meetings.

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There was some public discussion and speculation in London over the policies and procedures of the Office with regards to closed meetings. The Ombudsman sent London City Council a letter on April 13, 2012, offering to meet with them to clarify and answer any questions. 

Read the full letter here

On August 27, 2012 the Ombudsman addressed the City of London's Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, answering questions about his Office's recent investigations and the law requiring municipal meetings to be open to the public. Watch the Ombudsman's address: