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The Pioneer Group Complaints Procedure

We are sorry to hear that you want to make a complaint. We understand that sometimes things do go wrong and we want to make it easy to sort things out. We have a simple complaints procedure which aims to put things right quickly. If there is anything you don’t understand about our complaints procedure, please give us a call and we will help you.

We try to manage problems informally as we find that is the quickest way to put things right and we don’t want to keep you waiting. If this is something we haven’t been made aware of before you might find it quicker to deal with the issue as a request for service. Click here to go to the form and we will process this for you straight away.

For more information please read the Pioneer Complaints Policy.

Each year we publish a detailed report about our performance handling complaints and areas for service improvement. You can find our latest Complaints Performance Report here.

There are some things we can’t process through the complaints procedure such as:

  • Matters where legal proceedings have started or a court, tribunal or other legal body has made a decision;
  • Complaints that are not about our service – for example fly-tipping on council land
  • A service request – such as reporting a repair. However, you can though complain about how a repair was handled;
  • Anti-social behaviour (by a neighbour or community member) –  This is processed through our anti-social behaviour policy. However, you can complain about how a case of anti-social behaviour was handled;
  • Incidents or occurrences that happened over 6 months ago;
  • Complaints that have already gone through our complaints procedure and we have provided our final response.
  • An appeal against a housing management or policy decision, but you can ask us to review it under our Customer Appeals policy. To find out more about appeals please click here.

If you have one of these issues and remain dissatisfied, get in touch with our team where we can explain in more detail.

Our complaints procedure is made up of different stages. These are as follows with some further information below:

  • Stage 1: Your initial complaint
  • Stage 2: A review by a senior manager
  • The Housing Ombudsman Service

This page gives a summary of our complaints procedure. If you would like to read our full policy, please click the document below

Pioneer Complaints Policy

What we need from you

Helping us to understand your complaint

We need you to work with us if we have further questions or need to clarify something, otherwise we might not have enough information to investigate properly. If this is the case we will tell you this and tell you what we need. If you do not provide this we may have to close your complaint without a resolution. If you can provide the information afterwards, we will reopen your complaint at the same stage. This gives us the best opportunity to resolve your complaint.

Providing new information which changes the nature of your complaint

If you provide new information during a complaint which will affect our investigation, we will not normally escalate it to the next stage of our complaints process, but will keep it at the same stage. This is because it is our aim to resolve issues, rather than rush you through a process. If you raise new issues whilst we are investigating a complaint, we will start a new complaint for the new issue to make sure it is dealt with properly.

If someone is helping you with your complaint

You can ask someone to help you with your complaint and we will be happy to work with them, but we will ask for your permission to discuss your details with them first. We will only share details with someone helping you when we have this permission so we don’t break any confidentiality rules.

This is where we expect most complaints to be resolved. Our aim is to resolve things quickly and to your satisfaction. We will check that we understand your complaint fully and try to resolve it. We try to put things right straight away, but if we need to investigate we will usually aim to reply within 10 working days. If it is more complicated and we need more time we will tell you when you can expect a reply and keep you informed on what is happening.

If you are still unhappy after receiving our response you should tell us why and we will ask a senior officer to have another look at it. These are often more complicated issues and we aim to respond as quickly as we can, but normally within 20 working days. If we need more time, we will tell you and keep you informed, telling you when we aim to respond by.

You can contact the housing ombudsman service at any time, but they will only normally consider your complaint when you have exhausted all of our complaint procedure (that is both stage 1 and stage 2 as set out above).

They can sometimes provide support to you through the complaints process. More information on the service can be found here.

If the Housing Ombudsman agrees to review your case, we agree to be bound by the outcome of their investigation. This means that we will not consider the same complaint again, even if you decided not to have your complaint heard by our panel.

We are committed to the Housing Ombudsman Complaints Code and publish our self-assessment against the code at least annually. You can view our latest self-assessment by clicking here

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