Corporate complaints procedure
How to make a complaint
Before making a complaint using the link below, please ensure you have already contacted the service and asked them to put matters right.
If you want to escalate the complaint, you can use the feedback forms below.
Our complaints procedure has two stages. We will aim to contact you within two working days of receiving your complaint, and at each further stage, to let you know what will happen next.
Once we have received your complaint, a service manager will investigate and will aim to send you a response within 10 working days. The manager will let you know what we can do to resolve your complaint.
If you are unhappy with the response that you have received at stage 1, you can ask for your complaint to be reviewed. The Corporate Complaints Team or the Head of the relevant service will aim to write to you within 20 working days with their decision.
From 1 February the Council is moving to a 2-stage complaints procedure. This is to comply with the new Complaint-Handling Code being launched jointly by the Housing Ombudsman and Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman from 1 April 2024. This means that from 1 February 2024, there will be no stage 3, and once your complaint has completed stage 2 of the existing corporate or housing provider complaint procedures, you can go straight to the Ombudsman. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman looks at individual complaints about councils, all adult social care providers (including care homes and home care agencies) and some other organisations providing local public services. It investigates matters fairly and impartially and is free to use. You usually have up to 12 months contact the Ombudsman, starting from the date you first knew about the matter you complained about. The Ombudsman will normally only consider complaints made within that time but can decide to look at older complaints if there is a good reason to do so.
There are some matters the Ombudsman cannot or will not investigate. In these cases it will explain clearly the reason for its decision.
The Ombudsman’s contact details are below - you can register your complaint through their website. You will need to upload a copy of our responses to your complaint.
Telephone: 0300 061 0614
Opening hours: Monday to Friday (except public holidays) 10am to 1pm (4pm Wednesdays).
Send us feedback
Please provide an email address and contact telephone number.
Not all complaints fall under this procedure.
For more information go to Complaints about schools.
Social Care and health
For more information go to Complaints about care services.
Some services related to council tax, housing benefit, planning, parking charge notices (PCNs) and school admissions have different appeal procedures. If your complaint falls under an appeal procedure, we will not be able to investigate your complaint under our complaints procedure. We will tell you if this is the case.