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

SPSO Annual Report 2018-19

Today we are publishing our Annual Report for the year 2018-19.

The Ombudsman, Rosemary Agnew, is delighted to report a strong performance and the office’s many significant achievements over the year. These included: moving to new offices in McDonald Road, the introduction of provisional decisions, the publication of our Support and Intervention Policy and maintaining a good level of output by meeting or exceeding all but one of our key performance indicators. Front cover of the 2018-19 Annual Report.  It contains the title 2018-19 Annual Report and a picture of SPSO's office entrance at Bridgeside House.  Bridgeside House retains it's original period fronting (red brick).

Our performance at a glance:

  • We handled 1,707 enquiries
  • We received 4,188 and closed 3,955 complaints
  • We upheld 58% of complaints investigated
  • We made 1,160 recommendations for redress and improvement to public services
  • We handled 800 Scottish Welfare Fund review applications
  • We decided 100% of Crisis Grant review applications within five working days

The Ombudsman said:

"I am grateful to my team who performed so well in the face of pressure from the upheaval of moving offices, the continuing rise in casework, and preparing for our new NHS whistleblowing duties. Resourcing remains our challenge, but does not diminish our commitment to delivering a high quality service."

Download the SPSO Annual Report 2018-19 (PDF, 2.25MB)


Updated: December 9, 2019