Complaints policy and procedure

The Ombudsman

12.1. If after going through both stages of the procedure a complainant remains unhappy with the way their complaint has been handled by the council, they have the right to complain to the Ombudsman. For details of which Ombudsman will investigate the complaint, complainants can visit the relevant Ombudsman website, information shown below.

12.2. In most cases, the Ombudsman will normally only consider complaints if the complainant has exhausted the two stages of the council's complaints procedure. However, the Ombudsman has discretion to investigate a complaint prior to the council conducting its own investigation. For example, where the Ombudsman deems the complainant to be vulnerable or the case raises an issue of general concern to the public.

12.3. The role of the Ombudsman is to investigate complaints about 'maladministration' and 'service failure' and whether any 'fault' by the council had an adverse impact on the complainant. The Ombudsman does not question whether a decision by the council is 'right' or 'wrong' simply because the complainant disagrees with it. They only consider whether there was any fault in the way the decision was reached or how the complaint was handled.

12.4. The contact details of the relevant Ombudsman's service are shown below.

Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman
PO Box 4771 Coventry CV4 0EH
Telephone: 0300 061 0614
Local Government Ombudsman's website at

12.5. If you are a council tenant or leaseholder with a housing specific complaint:

Housing Ombudsman Service
PO Box 152 Liverpool L33 7WQ
Telephone: 0300 111 3000
Housing Ombudsman Service website at

12.6 Where a complainant takes a case to the Ombudsman, we will work with the Ombudsman to seek swift resolution of the complaint ensuring adherence to any requests for information and within the timeframes required.

12.7 Where information requested is either not available or cannot be achieved within the prescribed timeframe, we will provide a detailed explanation as to the reasons why.