Complain or Comment
Leicestershire County Council provides a wide range of services to nearly 600,000 local people. Impacting on almost every aspect of life, these services include education, social care, roads, libraries and museums.
We always strive to provide services which are responsive and combine quality with value for money but can only achieve this if we listen to the views of local people who use them.
The County Council is keen to receive your comments on services generally, not just in relation to complaints. We would welcome any views you have about our services, for example, if you feel a service is working particularly well we would like to know this.
If something needs repairing or attending to, such as a defective street light, you should not need to make an official complaint – just tell us about it.
However, as with all providers of services occasionally things do not go to plan. To deal with this we have developed a procedure for handling complaints that is simple, speedy, flexible and regularly monitored.
If you consider that you have cause for complaint, please read on . . .
If you feel that you have not received the standard of service you expect or that we may not be providing an adequate service in a particular area, all you need to do is contact the Corporate Complaints Manager by filling in the on-line form, printing and completing the feedback form, by writing a letter, by telephoning the number below, sending an email or in person.
Customer Relations Manager
Corporate Resources Department
Corporate Resources Department
Tel: 0116 305 7422
County Hall Switchboard: 0116 232 3232
Conduct of Members
For complaints about the conduct of Members please see Complaints about the Conduct of Members.
Schools and Community Colleges
For complaints about schools and community colleges please see - If you wish to complain - advice for parents.
If your complaint relates to admission of your child to school and the school which has been allocated to you, you should contact school admissions/appeals.
Social Care Services
If you wish to complain about the way the Social Care services have been delivered to you or to a person who is a relative or for whom you provide care, you should see
Freedom of Information or Data Protection
If your query relates to obtaining information under the Freedom of Information Act or Data Protection Act, you should contact Freedom of Information Act or Data Protection Act.
Other County Council Services
If your complaint is about any other County Council service, please see our Corporate Complaints Procedure, or complete our online comment/complaint form.
Whilst the Complaints Procedure is there to try to ensure that the County Council does respond to genuine concerns about its services, there are some circumstances in which it will not be available. For example, if the issue is being considered by a Court or Tribunal, if Court proceedings have been threatened or if the case is being considered by the Local Government Ombudsman. The County Council will also not consider complaints which are malicious, derogatory, racist, include threatening or offensive remarks or relate to actions which took place more than a year before the complaint, where there is no reason for the delay.
Complaints will usually be dealt with by the Department responsible for the service in question. The Complaints Procedure is managed by the Corporate Resources Department.
Contacting a County Councillor for Advice and Support
If you wish to contact a County Councillor to seek their advice or support or to raise issues about County Council policy, then you should contact Councillors – Contact Details.
Complaints about smoking
If your complaint is about smoking on County Council premises or in vehicles, please see our Corporate Complaints Procedure, or complete our online comment/complaint form.
The enforcement of smoking legislation in other areas where this is not permitted is the responsibility of Leicester City Council within the Leicester boundary, the District Councils in the County and Rutland County Council within Rutland. These authorities should be contacted for advice about the legislation or to report breaches of the legislation.
Alternatively, you can contact Smokefree England on 0800 5871667.
What if I am still not satisfied?
If after all of these steps you are still not satisfied, you can ask for your complaint to be looked at by the Local Government Ombudsman. This is a free, confidential service but complaints must be put in writing.
The Ombudsman is totally independent of the County Council but likes to see that you have tried to resolve your dissatisfaction with the Council before contacting him.
Contact: Local Government Ombudsman, The Oaks, Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park, Coventry CV4 8JB. Telephone 0845 602 1983.
Annual Complaints Report
Below are links to the Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care and Corporate complaints annual reports which provide information about the complaints we’ve received in 2010-11.
Page Last Updated: 19 March 2013