Making a complaint

Not all types of complaint are dealt with the same way. Some complaints have separate appeals procedures. These include appeals and complaints about planning, parking tickets, school admissions, Council Tax, Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction and business rates.

Schools have their own complaints procedure. If you have a complaint about a school or member of school staff, you need to contact the head teacher. If you are still unhappy you can complain to the school's governing body. The school will explain the procedure to you.

By law we have a separate complaints procedure for Children’s Social Care, and we also have a separate complaints procedure for Adults Social Care

Corporate complaints

Complaint stage

The council has a 2 stage complaints process. Your initial complaint must be made to the service that you are unhappy with.

Make a complaint

Your complaint will be acknowledged within three working days, fully investigated by the business unit, and you will receive a full written response within 15 working days.

You can also email your complaint to complaints@southwark.gov.uk or call the customer service centre on 020 7525 0042.

Review Stage

We hope that you will be satisfied with our response to your initial complaint, but if you're still unhappy you can escalate the matter to the second stage of the process, by contacting our Customer Resolution Unit.

The team will look at how your complaint was dealt with at the initial stage and carry out a further full investigation. You will need to provide a summary of why you are unhappy with the initial response.

Your complaint will be acknowledged within three working days and the team has up to 25 working days to respond to you. In some cases this may take longer and if so you will be informed via post if there are any delays in investigating your complaint.

To contact the Customer Resolution Unit email CCU@southwark.gov.uk, telephone 0207 525 2209 or write to:

Customer Resolution, PO BOX 64529, London, SE1P 5LX.

This is the final stage of the complaints procedure.

Taking matters further

If you're unhappy with the way we've handled your complaint at the end of the review stage, contact the local government ombudsman or the housing ombudsman.

The housing ombudsman considers complaints made about local authority services in their role as landlords whilst the local government ombudsman investigates complaints about most other local authority services. You will need to contact an MP or local Councillor in order to progress your complaint to the housing ombudsman.

This is a free, independent service that investigates complaints against councils. You can complain to the ombudsman at any time but they will only usually investigate if you've already been through our own complaints procedure.

LGPS Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure (IDRP)

If you're dissatisfied with any decision made under the Regulations as to your rights, liabilities or council discretions, you have a right under Regulation 75 to make a complaint using the above procedure. You may also apply under the procedure if the authority fails to make a decision.

If you wish to make a complaint, contact Pensions Service at the address below; they'll send you a leaflet explaining the procedure to make an application. Please note that the application should be made within 6 months of the date you were informed of the decision with which you disagree.

Pensions Services Tel: 020-7525-4924
2nd Floor, Hub 1
PO Box 64529
London
SE1P 5LX

Pension forms 

Page last updated: 13 January 2020