Grievance Policy

Added: March 3, 2016

 

ORLINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

 

Code of Practice for Handling Complaints

 

If issues raised cannot be resolved by other means.

 

All complaints to be dealt with expeditiously on an individual basis.

 

Before the Meeting

 

  • The Complainant should be asked to put the complaint about the Council’s procedures or administration in writing to the Clerk or other nominated officer
  • If the Complainant does not wish to put the complaint to the Clerk or other proper officer, they may be advised to put it to the Chairman of the Council.
  • The Clerk shall acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and advise the Complainant when the matter will be considered by the Council or by the committee established for the purpose of hearing complaints.
  • The complainant shall be invited to attend the relevant meeting and bring with them such representative as they wish.
  • Seven clear working days prior to the meeting, the complainant shall provide the Council with copies of any documentation or other evidence, which they wish to refer to at the meeting. The Council shall similarly provide the Complainant with copies of any documentation upon which they wish to rely at the meeting.

 

At the Meeting

 

  • The Council shall consider whether the circumstances of the meeting warrant the exclusion of the public and the press. Any decision on a complaint shall be announced at the Council Meeting in public.
  • Chairman to introduce everyone.
  • Chairman to explain procedure.
  • Complainant (or Representative) to outline grounds for complaint.

10)  Members to ask any questions of the Complainant.

11)  If relevant, Clerk or other proper office to explain the Council’s position.

12)  Members to ask any question of the Clerk or other proper officer.

13)  Clerk or other proper officer and Complainant to be offered opportunity of last

word (in this order).

14)  Clerk or other proper officer and Complainant to be asked to leave the room while

Members decide whether or not the grounds for the complaint have been made. (If a

point of clarification is necessary both parties to be invited back).

15)  Clerk or other proper officer and Complainant return to hear decision or to be

advised when decision will be made.

 

After the Meeting

 

16)  Decision confirmed in writing within seven working days together with details of

any action to be taken


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