At Fareham Borough Council we aim to provide high quality services at all times. However, we recognise that things don't always go to plan, and there may be times when we don't live up to your expectations. If this happens, we want you to tell us and we will do our very best to put things right, as quickly as possible.
If you are reading this because you feel that the Council has done something wrong or failed to do something you expected it to, this guide is to help you to tell us why you are not satisfied and to explain how we will deal with your complaint. This guide applies to most complaints, but there are some cases which will be treated in a different way. If this is the case, we will let you know.
We hope to resolve issues as soon as we know about them. We will also try to make sure that we fix the root cause of problems so that we don't make similar mistakes again.
We will fully investigate every complaint. Even if your complaint relates to a particular policy decision and we are not necessarily able to change things, we will explain the situation to you.
We want to resolve your complaint straightaway and, in the majority of cases, the first person you speak to will usually be able to resolve things for you.
Stage 1 - At the first stage the Head of Service in the department responsible for the service will investigate your complaint.
Stage 2 - If you are unhappy with our response the Director of the Department responsible for the service will review the handling of your complaint to confirm that the correct procedures and processes have been adhered to.
We will keep you up to date whilst we are investigating your complaint, until we provide you with a resolution letter. In most cases we will be able to resolve your complaint within three weeks of receiving it. In exceptional circumstances, particularly where your complaint is complex, it may take more than three weeks to resolve matters for you, however we will let you know if this is the case.
If you're still unhappy with our response to your complaint, depending on the nature of your complaint you can ask the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman or the Housing Ombudsman Service for an independent review. They both offer a free independent service, but before they look at your complaint, they will want to know that you have given us the opportunity to put things right for you.
The quickest way to complain to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is to complete an online complaint form. You can also complain by telephone.
Contact details are:
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
Tel: 0300 061 0614
Text 'call back' to 0762 481 1595
Online complaint form: www.lgo.org.uk/make-a-complaint
The quickest way to complain to the Housing Ombudsman is to complete an online complaint form.
Contact details are:
Housing Ombudsman Service (for issues relating to Local Authority Housing only)
Online complaint form: www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/residents/make-a-complaint/
If you wish to make a complaint by post you can telephone the Housing Ombudsman Service on 0300 111 3000 and they can post you a complaint form.
If you are not satisfied with any aspect of our service, you can tell us about your concerns in the following ways:
Customer Service Centre
Fareham Borough Council
If an elected member receives a complaint about another Councillor, the complaint will be passed on to the Monitoring Officer.
All other formal complaints to members will be passed on to the relevant Head of Service.
The Councillor who receives the formal complaint will take no further part in the matter complained about, or discuss the complaint further with the customer until the complaint process has been exhausted.