In 2017-18 we received 5,029 complaints and enquiries. We determined 5,130 complaints and enquiries.
60% of the cases we investigated this year were about the health sector. These are often more complex, and may need multiple pieces of specialist advice. We found that the number of cases requiring multiple pieces of advice rose by 38% this year. This change reflects the increasing complexity of the cases we are investigating.
Other key figures
We gave advice, support and provided signposting on 904 enquiries.
3,452 complaints were decided following detailed consideration pre-investigation.
We fully investigated 734 complaints.
The overall rate of upheld complaints increased to 58.8% this year from 54% last year.
We made 1,192 recommendations for redress and improvement to public service.
The proportion of complaints that reached us before completing the organisation's procedure (premature complaints) dropped from 28% last year to 24% this year.
For further information about the descriptions we use in our statistics, please see our explanation of terms.
2017-18 statistical tables
- Enquiries and complaints received by subject (PDF, 106KB)
- Enquiries and complaints received by subject (Excel, 41KB)
- Complaints received by subject and authority (PDF, 448KB)
- Complaints received by subject and authority (Excel, 57KB)
- Enquiries and complaints determined by sector and outcome (PDF, 40KB)
- Enquiries and complaints determined by sector and outcome (Excel, 21KB)
- Enquiries and complaints determined by subject and outcome (PDF, 347KB)
- Enquiries and complaints determined by subject and outcome (Excel, 55KB)
- Complaints determined by authority and outcome (PDF, 468KB)
- Complaints determined by authority and outcome (Excel, 57KB)
Further analysis of our statistics will be available in our annual report, which will be issued later this year.
The Ombudsman sends some authorities an annual letter about their complaint numbers. These will be issued in due course. Individual authority statistics are available in the tables above.
Updated: June 28, 2018