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Public services watchdog unveiled

Jim Martin
Mr Martin will succeed Alice Brown as Ombudsman

Scotland's police complaints boss is switching to a new post, investigating complaints against public bodies such as councils and the health service.

MSPs voted at Holyrood to appoint Jim Martin to the role of independent public services ombudsman.

He will probe complaints by members of the public who feel they have suffered at the hands of public bodies.

Mr Martin, whose new post comes with an £83,000 salary, will replace Alice Brown, who is stepping down.

His appointment, following an open recruitment drive, now goes forward to the Queen for final approval.

As well as looking into complaints against a wide range of bodies, which also include housing associations, the Scottish Government and universities, the ombudsman also has a remit to improve public services and complaint handling.

Mr Martin, who is also a member of the Scottish Funding Council, will quit his current positions to take on the new role.

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