How to make a complaint and provide feedback

We welcome your feedback as we want to provide excellent services to our customers.

We know that sometimes things go wrong or the service you receive falls short of your expectations.

When this happens, we want to hear from you so we can put it right and improve our services to prevent similar problems from happening again.

New complaints and feedback policy

A new complaints and feedback policy is being launched on 1 April 2021, following an extensive review which took into consideration:

  • Feedback from customers across the Group who had experienced our complaints process 
  • The Housing Ombudsman’s complaints handling code that came into effect in September 2020 
  • The Government’s white paper published in November 2020.  

The new complaints policy makes it even easier for customers to make a complaint and provide feedback. The stages have also been simplified to ensure that complaints are investigated by the relevant service team and resolved as quickly as possible.  

Complaints are also analysed and reviewed against transactional and STAR surveys results and any other feedback to enable us to see if there are issues with a service, staff member or internal process.

What is a complaint?

We consider that a complaint is:

  • A failure of our published customer commitments and where no action has been taken
  • Poor conduct by our staff, partners or contractors
  • Where our policies and procedures have not been adhered to

Please note:

  • Your complaint must be made no later than six months after the date that the event occurred.
  • The complaints process is not for reporting problems with your neighbour. If your neighbour is causing nuisance or committing anti-social behaviour, please contact your local neighbourhood officer.

How can I make a complaint?

Fill in our online form

Please note: This form is not for reporting anti-social behaviour or problems with your neighbours – please contact your neighbourhood officer.

 

Call our customer services team on 0800 048 8955

Email - feedback@housingplusgroup.co.uk

 

Write to:

Customer complaints and feedback team
Housing Plus Group
Acton Court
Acton Gate
Stafford, ST18 9AP

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If you live in one of our retirement living communities, you can speak to your retirement living officer for further help and guidance.

What happens after you receive my complaint?

There are two stages to our complaint’s procedure. Our overall aim is to get things right at the first instance and resolve the matter at Stage one.

If a complaint is more complicated and it is not possible to resolve within the timescales listed, we will contact you to let you know when to expect an answer and why.

 

Stage one

  • Your complaint will be acknowledged within two working days from receipt.
  • An investigation will be carried out and our findings and proposed solution will be sent to you in writing within 10 working days.
  • If you are not happy with the outcome, you can escalate your complaint to Stage two.

 

Stage two

  • We will contact you within two working days from receiving your request.
  • Written acknowledgement will be sent to you within two working days.
  • Your complaint will be investigated by a complaints officer who will respond in writing within 20 working days.

 

Housing Ombudsman

Please be aware that you are able to contact the Housing Ombudsman at any stage of your complaint for further advice and assistance.

Tel:               0300 111 3000

Email:           info@housing-ombudsman.org.uk

Website:       www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk

What can I do if I feel my complaint is not resolved?

If you feel your complaint has not been resolved after it has completed our complaints process, you can:

For housing-related complaints:

Ask a designated person (an MP or local councillor) to review your complaint who can refer it to the Housing Ombudsman Service.

You can contact the Housing Ombudsman Service to review your case. You must wait eight weeks after the date of our final decision before contacting them.

We will not review a complaint again after our process has been completed unless asked to by the Housing Ombudsman Service.
 

For care-related complaints:

Approach the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman after you receive your final decision. You can contact them on:

Tel:               0300 061 0614

Website:       https://complaints.lgo.org.uk/

If your complaint relates to a regulatory issue, you can contact the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on:

Tel:               0300 061 6161

Email:           enquiries@cqc.org.uk

Website:       www.cqc.org.uk.

Comments and compliments

We welcome your comments on how we can improve our services and it's always nice to receive compliments when we've done something well and exceeded your expectations.

  • We will acknowledge your feedback within two working days from receipt.
  • Your comment or compliment will be passed on to the relevant team manager.
  • We will let you know if something changes in our organisation as a result of your feedback.

You can share any comments or compliments in the same way as making a complaint – please see further details above.

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