All other council services procedure
The following information will provide you with an overview of how we deal with complaints about all other council services which do not relate to adult social care, housing, public health or children’s services. For example, highways; Council Tax; planning.
If you would like to make a comment, compliment or complaint
You can contact customer services, speak to the manager of the service or contact the customer relations team using the details below.
If you require translation or interpretation to make a complaint, we can arrange this for you.
Telephone: 0300 300 4995
Address: Customer relations, Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
What happens when you make a complaint?
There are three stages to the complaints procedure. You do not have to use all three stages and most complaints are resolved at the first stage.
The manager of the service complained about will investigate and provide a written response within 5 working days.
A senior manager of the service complained about will investigate and provide a written response within 15 working days.
An investigator, outside of the service complained about, will review your complaint and provide a written response within 15 working days.
What support is there to help me make a complaint?
An advocate is someone who doesn’t work for us and can help you to make a complaint and make sure your views are heard. There are various types of independent advocacy services available, depending on the needs of the person. You can also seek advice from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (link opens in new window), your local councillor or MP.
Other action you can take
If you are not happy with the way your complaint is handled you can contact the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (link opens in new window) at any time. The ombudsman usually expects us to have had the opportunity to look into your complaint first.
Write to: PO Box 4771, Coventry, CV4 0EH
Telephone: 0300 061 0614