Dear Caerphilly County Borough Council,
Please can you tell me how many formal complaints have been submitted to the council, about the council and councillors, by members of the public since the 2017/18 financial year?
Please can you break it down by financial years and also tell me what the top three most complained about matters were? (E.g. staff, councillors, highways, waste etc)
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Please can you tell me how many formal complaints have been submitted to
the council, about the council and councillors, by members of the public
since the 2017/18 financial year? Please can you break it down by
financial years and also tell me what the top three most complained about
matters were? (E.g. staff, councillors, highways, waste etc)
We confirm that we hold information concerning corporate complaints.
Reports on corporate complaints are considered by the Governance and Audit
Committee (previously known as the Audit Committee) on an Annual basis and
a six monthly basis and are publicly available on our website at -
Browse Meetings, 2022 (caerphilly.gov.uk). The reports contain an
overview of the types of complaints received.
Complaints about Councillors by members of the public are dealt with by
the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales and outcomes of complaints are
included with the Ombudsman’s annual letter which is publicly available on
the Ombudsman’s website at - www.ombudsman-wales.org
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