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Complaints steps

Step one - problem solving

Check first if there is another option to report your issue. If there is, please use that. For example, you want to inform us that your waste bin was not emptied then you need to report a missed bin

Only complete the complaints form when there's no other option. Choose the area most relevant to your issue, that way it will get to the correct service and dealt with more quickly.

Please only report your issue to us once.
 
We'll always try to resolve your issue quickly and informally by providing information or taking appropriate action.

We'll provide a link so you can track progress and receive updates even if you have not registered with My Gateshead account.

If you complete the complaint form anonymously, we will still investigate it but will not be able to update you on the outcome

Step two - investigation

If you are not satisfied with our actions investigating your issue at step one, then it can be escalated to a step two complaint. Step two is the formal stage where the complaint will be investigated by a senior manager in the service involved.

We will provide a response within 20 working days. If this is not possible, we'll tell you why and give you an anticipated date when you will get a response.

Once we provide your response, if you're still unhappy, you have 10 working days to request that the Chief Executive look again at your complaint.

Step three - Chief Executive Review

If you request a Chief Executive Review you must provide details of why you think your complaint should be reviewed. You need to do this within 10 working days of receiving the step two response. 

The Chief Executive will give you a full response within 20 working days, this may take longer if your case is complicated.

Ombudsman

If you are not happy with the way your complaint was handled, you can contact the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. They will not normally carry out an investigation until your complaint has been through all three stages of our complaints process.

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
PO Box 4771
Coventry
CV04 0EH

0300 061 0614

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

If your complaint was about housing contact:

Housing Ombudsman Service
PO Box 152
Liverpool L33 7WQ
Tel: 0300 111 3000
info@housing-ombudsman.org.uk

Housing Ombudsman

 

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