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Complaints procedure

Stage 1- Speak or write to the Service Manager

If you have a complaint you should first speak or write to the relevant Service Manager and explain your problem so that we can try to put this right for you.

Please note that the following will not usually be treated as complaints:

  • requests for a service e.g. reporting a housing repair
  • requests for information or an explanation of council policy or practice
  • matters for which there is a right of appeal or a more appropriate or prescribed legal remedy
  • complaints about the conduct of councillors, which should be reported to the Monitoring Officer (Borough Solicitor)
  • complaints about decisions in respect of licences, permits, approvals, consents, permissions or registrations or any related enforcement actions.  

Stage 2 - Submit a formal complaint

If, after speaking or writing to the Service Manager, your complaint remains unresolved, you can either:

Your complaint will be investigated by the Head of Service who will aim to respond within 10 working days.

Stage 3 - Ask the Chief Executive for a review

If you believe your complaint remains unresolved, then the final stage of the complaints procedure is a review by the Chief Executive. Please explain fully why you believe your complaint remains unresolved. The Chief Executive will aim to respond within 10 working days.

Following the review by the Chief Executive, if you believe your complaint remains unresolved, you can refer the matter to the relevant Ombudsman. The Chief Executive will write to you advising how you can do this.

For more information please call Customer Services on 01695 577177 or email customer.services@westlancs.gov.uk.

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