You can report issues directly to a department without using our formal complaints procedure. This is often the quickest way to get your issue resolved.
Complaints that are dealt with differently:
- Adult social care complaints
- Councillor complaints
- Issues with a separate appeals process or that are currently subject to insurance or legal proceedings
For schools and Derby Homes complaints, we have a separate complaints procedure, please contact us for further information.
Full details can be found in the Customer Feedback Policy.
Making a complaint
If you have already tried to resolve your issue with the relevant department, you can make a formal complaint.
The easiest way to make a complaint is online.
Alternatively, you can complete the Have your say form and return it in the post to Derby City Council, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS. There is also an Have your say form - easy read version available.
Paper complaints forms are also available in our reception area.
You can telephone 01332 640000.
You can also visit our offices and speak to one of our customer services advisers.
Dealing with complaints
Stage 1: Investigation
When we receive your formal complaint, we will ask the department to investigate your complaint. We aim to provide a full response within ten working days, or 20 if your complaint relates to social care or services for children and young people with special needs and disabilities.
Stage 2: Appeal
If you are unhappy with the response, you can write and tell us why you are dissatisfied with the investigation and ask us to reconsider.
We will then ask a manager who has not been involved in your complaint to review it to make sure that the initial investigation was carried out properly and effectively. We aim to provide a full response within 20 working days. Please note, there is no stage 2 appeal for adult social care complaints; customers unhappy with our stage one response for an Adult Social Care complaint will be directed to the Local Government Ombudsman, in line with the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service complaints (England) Regulations 2009.
Stage 3: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
If you have been through all stages of our complaints procedure and are still unhappy, you can ask the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to review your complaint.
The Ombudsman investigates complaints in a fair and independent way - it does not take sides. It is a free service.
The Ombudsman expects you to have given us chance to deal with your complaint, before you contact them. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable time, it may decide to look into your complaint anyway. This is usually up to 12 weeks but can be longer for social care complaints that follow a statutory process.
About the Ombudsman
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman looks at individual complaints about councils and some other organisations providing local public services. It also investigates complaints about all adult social care providers (including care homes and home care agencies) for people who self-fund their care.
Contact The Ombudsman
- Website: www.lgo.org.uk
- Telephone: 0300 061 0614
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm (except public holidays)
Unreasonable and unacceptable complaint behaviour
When we consider someone's behaviour to be abusive, persistent or unreasonable, we will explain why and ask them to change it. We will also warn them that, if the behaviour continues, we will take action to limit their contact with our offices.
We may then take one or more steps to manage our interactions with the complainant:
- Help the complainant find a suitable independent person to assist them in making and pursuing their complaint, where the complainant has different needs (or needs a reasonable adjustment).
- Limit communication with the complainant to one format (such as letter or telephone) and to a named point of contact.
- Suspend (either temporarily or permanently) the investigation and all contact with the complainant whilst we seek guidance from the Legal Department or the Ombudsman.
- Confirm in writing that the investigation is complete and that further communications with respect to the matter will be acknowledged but not answered.
- Refuse to register and process further complaints about the same matter.
A complainant who has been treated as having behaved unreasonably may make a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman, if they believe the Council's actions were not proportionate or were unfair. Please refer to section 6 of the Customer Feedback Policy for more information.
The steps to deal with unreasonable complaints will not have any negative effect on any other interactions the complainant may have with the Council. It does not exclude them from providing genuine feedback about other issues.