Make a complaint
If you are telling us about something for the first time, please give us the opportunity to put things right before complaining by contacting the school, community centre or service directly in the first instance. To do this, go to the service you want from the services list in the header of this page.
If you have tried reporting the problem and it has not been resolved, you can:
You can also make a complaint in person at any council office or by contacting our Customer Feedback Team by email, telephone or in writing:
Customer Feedback Team
01224 523 058
Please describe your complaint in as much detail as possible. Tell us:
- your full name and address
- what happened and when
- who was involved
- what should have happened
- how you want us to resolve the matter
We follow a complaints handling procedure to make sure that every complaint is dealt with fairly and sorted out as quickly as possible.
Help making a complaint
If you are unable or reluctant to make a complaint yourself you can ask a friend, relative or advocate to make one for you. If you would prefer for an advocate to act on your behalf, you can contact the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance for advice on those available in your area. You must give the person making the complaint permission to act on your behalf by completing a Third Party Consent to Disclose Form.
How long do I have to make a complaint?
You can make a complaint up to 6 months after the event happened, or 6 months after finding out that you have reason to complain but no more than 12 months after the event itself.
In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a complaint after the time limit.
Complaints about the following issues are dealt with differently, and not under our complaints handling procedure. We will pass on these complaints to the correct team where possible, or you may wish to contact them directly. For more information, please use the links provided below:
Social Work Comment or Complain: Complaints relating to a care service can be dealt with by the Social Work complaints team.
Care Inspectorate: Complaints regarding care providers are dealt with by the Care Inspectorate, please contact them directly.
Corporate Insurance: If you wish to make a claim, please contact the department or service directly.
Car Parks and Parking Charges: If you don't think you should have received a Penalty Charge Notice or Bus Lane Fine, you have the right to appeal.
Antisocial Behaviour Investigation Team (ASBIT): If you are experiencing antisocial behaviour from your neighbours, ASBIT may be able to help.
Area Housing Offices: If there are any issues regarding communal areas in your Council-owned building, your local Housing Office should be notified.
Guidance notes for the job application process: Information and advice about our recruitment process is available.
Councillors: Complaints against Councillors should be referred to The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (CESPLS).
External Committee Members: External Members are anyone who is on a committee and isn't a Councillor. Please write to: Head of Legal and Democratic Services, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside bodies: Organisations, such as Sport Aberdeen, have their own complaints procedures. Please contact them directly.
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