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Complaints procedure

We have a two-stage complaints procedure. We will always try to deal with your complaint quickly. We will tell you and keep you updated if it is clear that the matter will need a detailed investigation.


COVID-19 update

Please be aware that our main council office is currently not open to visitors and but that we are able to take phone and email enquiries.  Following the latest Government advice, we are not arranging face-to-face appointments for the foreseeable future. We are responding to phone enquiries and emails; however, due to the impact on our staffing resources, our response times will be affected.

Read the full update on making a complaint


You can make a complaint in person, by phone, by e-mail or in writing.

Stage one - frontline resolution

We'll always try to resolve your complaint quickly, within five working days if we can. If your complaint is complicated we might move to Stage 2 straight away.

Complaints to Social Work Services may take a further 5 days to resolve. This will only happen in exceptional circumstances and we'll ask for your agreement first.

Most complaints are resolved at this first stage but you can ask us to consider your complaint at Stage 2 if you're dissatisfied with our response.

Stage 2 - investigation

We'll acknowledge your complaint within 3 working days and then may contact you to discuss and understand why you are still dissatisfied.

We'll then give you our decision within 20 working days unless there is clearly a good reason for needing more time.

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO)

You can speak to the SPSO if you're still unhappy after receiving our final decision or are dissatisfied with the way we handled your complaint. You must complete our procedure before the SPSO can look at your complaint.

Further information

We've developed our complaints handling procedures in line with SPSO guidance and feedback from customers.

Page last updated: 15/04/2020
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