When things go wrong
Making a Complaint
We hope that the services you receive from us are of the quality you need. However, we know that there may be times when you are unhappy with the service you receive, or you may want to suggest a way to improve it.
The people who can best deal with most concerns are those who provide the service. We can normally resolve concerns, mistakes and misunderstandings quickly. However, if we cannot sort out your problem this way, the complaints procedure is here to help you.
Your complaints are important to us. They help us to:
So donít be worried about telling us your concerns
When Should I Complain?
Our complaints procedure is intended for those times when you feel we have failed to deliver what we should. The standards we aim to achieve are set out in our service standards and customer service charter. If our service falls short, you should make a complaint. Examples of when to complain are if we:
The complaints procedure is not for everyday matters such as enquiring about repair progress or reporting neighbour disputes.
How Can I Complain?
We want to make it easy for you as possible to let us know if you feel something has gone wrong
If you need any help, please ask a member of staff.
You may also want to ask for help from your local councillor, a voluntary agency, relative or friend.
Our complaints procedure
STAGE 1 : We will acknowledge your complaint within two working days of receipt. Tell you who will be handling your complaint and when you can expect a response.
We aim to respond to your complaint within 10 working days. If there are any reasons why this will not be possible, we will contact you and give you a new date for our response.
STAGE 2 : If you are not satisfied with the outcome of stage 1, you can take the matter further. We will include details of how you do this in your stage 1 response.
At stage 2 your complaint will be investigated by the relevant head of service. Again, we aim to respond to your complaint within 10 working days.
STAGE 3 : If you are still not happy after the stage 2 response, you can ask for your complaint to be dealt with at stage 3. We will include details of how you do this in your stage 2 response.
At stage 3 your complaint will be investigated and reviewed by the Chief Executive and a nominated panel. We will carry out a thorough, independent review of your complaint and provide a response within 10 working days.
We will write to let you know if it is going to take us longer.
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