How to make a complaint or compliment

Customer complaints procedure

Stage one

Once you have made your initial complaint the Democratic Services Officer will refer your complaint to the line manager responsible for the service. The line manager will respond in writing within ten working days, or will let you know when you can expect a reply. A copy of this response will be forwarded to the Democratic Services Officer.

If you are not happy with the way your complaint has been handled, you may ask for it to be reviewed (see stage two below).

Stage two

A request for a review should be made to the Democratic Services Officer, preferably in writing or by email. At this stage no additional information shall be submitted. In the event of additional information being submitted this will be regarded as a new complaint. The appropriate Head of Service, Deputy Chief Executive or Chief Executive will be asked to investigate the complaint and will aim to respond to you within ten working days or advise when you can expect a reply.

What if I am still dissatisfied?

If you are still unhappy after going through the council's complaints procedure, you can take your complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman. Details of how to contact the Ombudsman will be included in the Stage two response to you. These are also available from the council offices.

Persistent complainants

We are committed to dealing with all complaints fairly and impartially and to providing a high quality of service to those who make them. We also have a duty to make sure that public money is spent wisely and achieves value for complainants and the wider public, and to protect the safety and welfare of our staff.

Occasionally there are complainants whose unreasonable behaviour makes this difficult to achieve. Want to find out more? Please download our Persistent and unreasonable complainant behaviour policy

Last updated: 25/09/2017 13:20

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