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Easter office closure

Please note that our office will be closed for the Easter holidays from 5pm on Thursday 9 April to 10am until Tuesday 14 April 2020.


COVID-19 update

Please be aware that our office is currently not open to visitors and we are unable to take phone enquiries relating to complaints. However, our Scottish Welfare Fund review service is still available by telephone. Following the latest Government advice, we are not arranging face-to-face appointments for the foreseeable future. We are responding to emails; however, due to the impact on our staffing resources, our response times will be affected.  Please read our information for customers and organisations

Complaints Standards Authority

The SPSO's Complaints Standards Authority (CSA) is leading the development and implementation of simplified, standardised complaints handling procedures across the Scottish public sector.

Its purpose is to support continuous improvement in complaints handling by guiding all public service providers under our remit towards a simplified, standardised complaints procedure, which puts the service user at the heart of the process, focuses on early resolution, and values complaints as tools for feedback, learning and improvement.

We provide information and support to public sector organisations, such as the Model Complaints Handling Procedures (MCHPs) for public services in Scotland; implementation and compliance guidance; good practice and training resources; and insights to help support learning and improvement in public sector complaints handling.

Contact us

If on behalf of a public sector organisation you have any questions about complaints handling, or if you require support or guidance, please contact us:

Phone:  0131 240 8852

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Updated: March 4, 2020