More Complaints Please!
HC 229, Twelfth Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- Public Administration Select Committee (PASC)
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'More Complaints Please! (HC 229)' examines the handling of complaints about public services by the Government and organisations involved.
How complaints are handled determines the quality of the relationship between consumers and public services. The best performing organisations welcome complaints as a way of engaging consumers. A failure to recognise the importance of complaints leads to insufficient redress for the individual, limits the impact that complaints have in improving services, and alienates the public.
In some parts of public services, there are encouraging signs of increased attention to good complaints handling. However, Government as a whole cannot be said to be complying with best practice in complaints handling or adapting to the needs and expectations of today's citizen. Success depends on the right leadership.
The Committee recommends that:
the primary objective of the Cabinet Office review of complaints handling in Government should be to change attitudes and behaviour in public administration at all levels in respect of complaints handling;
in respect of complaints from MPs handled by ministers, replies must be accurate, clear and helpful and with no sharing of confidential information or delegation of responsibility for responding;
a single point of contact ahould be created by the Government for citizens to make complaints about government departments and agencies; and
the Government should provide leadership to those responsible for various parts of administrative justice, to ensure that there is a clear and consistent approach to sharing, learning and best practice.
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