Complaints about our service

Our commitment 

We are committed to offering a high standard of service. We take any complaints about our service seriously and aim to address any areas where we have not delivered to the standards we expect of ourselves.

We value complaints and use information from them to help us improve our services.

If something goes wrong or you are not satisfied with our service, please tell us. You have the right to complain if you feel we have failed in the service we have provided to you.

A service complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction from one or more customers or members of the public about the standard of service we have provided.

You can complain about things like:

  • failure to provide a service, or inadequate standard of service

  • how we met your needs

  • how we communicated with you

  • how long we took to deal with your case

  • treatment by or attitude of a member of staff

  • failure to follow the appropriate administrative process.

This list does not cover everything.

There are also some things we can’t deal with through our service complaints handling process. This would include where you are unhappy about our decision on your complaint. These issues are dealt with through our decision review process.

The following are not covered by our service complaints process:

  • an expression of disagreement about our decision on a complaint or the evidence taken into account in reaching that decision

  • an attempt to reopen a previously concluded service complaint or to have a service complaint reconsidered

  • a request for information

  • issues that are in court or have already been heard by a court or a tribunal

Anyone can make a complaint to us, including the representative of someone who is unhappy with our service.

  • By email: complete the electronic service complaint form in the sidebar and email it to the investigator or member of staff with whom you have been in contact.

Note: you need to download the form and save it to your computer before filling it in to save the information

  • By phone: call the investigator or member of staff with whom you have been in contact or try our main helpline
  • By post: complete the service complaint form and send it to: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, PO Box 4771, Coventry, CV4 0EH

We will always ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to help customers access and use our services. If you have trouble making a complaint or want this information in another language or format (such as large font or Braille) please contact us.

Normally, you must make your complaint within one month of the event you want to complain about, or finding out that you have a reason to complain.

In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to accept a complaint after the time limit. If you feel that the time limit should not apply to your complaint, please tell us why.

We aim to resolve complaints quickly and close to where we provided the service. This could mean an on-the-spot apology and explanation if something has clearly gone wrong. We will try to take immediate action to resolve the problem whenever this is possible.

It is easier for us to resolve complaints if you make them quickly and directly to the person or section of our service concerned. So please talk to a member of our staff who will try to resolve any problems on-the-spot.

If your complaint is not resolved then it will be considered by a senior manager. They will respond to your complaint within twenty working days or less, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Occasionally, we may have to extend this timeline. We will only do so when this will make it more likely that we can resolve your complaint.

We must ask you to accept the manager’s decision on your service complaint will be final. There are no appeal rights or further stages.

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