Tell us what you think about our service – we are always glad to hear from you.
If you want to tell us about something we have done well, if there's something you want to feedback about or if you would like to make a formal complaint, this page will tell you how.
feedback form to tell us your experience of Leeds City Council so that we know how we need to improve in the future.
Alternatively you can call us on 0113 222 4444 or email
Compliments and complaints
compliments and complaints form to:
- give a compliment - tell us about something we have done well
- make a formal complaint - if you have spoken to the service your problem relates to and are unhappy with their response then we can investigate further
Alternatively you can call us on 0113 222 4405 or email
Compliments, complaints and feedback for Children's Services and Adult Social Care
Specific information is available for providing compliments, making complaints and providing feedback about
Children's Services and
Adult Social Care.
Compliments, complaints and feedback about councillors
Please read the information provided on the
Code of Conduct page.
If your enquiry is not a formal complaint, compliment or feedback
If you simply have an enquiry about one of our services you can find their contact details on the
Contact us page. Alternatively you can email
What happens next?
When a complaint is made our aim is to acknowledge your complaint in three working days and provide you with a response within 15 working days. Further information can be found in our
compliments and complaints policy (PDF, 1.31MB).
If you remain dissatisfied after you have complained to us, we will give you information about the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is an independent public body who can investigate how the council has handled your complaint.
You can find out more about Ombudsman services on the
Local Government Ombudsman website and the
Housing Ombudsman Service website.
How do you deal with a complaint of fraud, theft or corruption by a member of your staff?
We are committed to being open and accountable for our staff. If you have serious concerns about a member of Leeds City Council’s staff or the misuse of council resources, please come forward and let us know. All concerns will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Please write to:
3rd Floor West
You can email us at:
You can call us on:
How do I make a complaint about a councillor or a member of parliament?
Complaints about councillors or members of parliament are not covered under the council’s corporate complaints policy.
For complaints about councillors please write to:
Governance Services unit
4th Floor West
For complaints about councillors please email:
For complaints about members of parliament please write to:
Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
House of Commons
For complaints about members of parliament please email:
For complaints about members of parliament please call:
How quickly will you respond to my complaint?
When dealing with complaints, it is our aim to resolve the complaint and leave you feeling that it was handled fairly and appropriately. We will aim to respond to your complaint within 15 working days.
Complaints about either adult or children’s social care issues are dealt with under separate statutory timescales – please refer to our compliments and complaints policy for further details.
What happens after I have made a complaint?
Leeds City Council has a 2 stage policy. However complaints about either adult or children’s social care issues are dealt with under separate statutory timescales – please refer to our compliments and complaints policy for further details.
Stage 1 of a complaint is the first formal stage and our policy is to respond in full to you within fifteen working days of receipt of your complaint, wherever operationally possible.
If you remain dissatisfied following our investigation at stage 1, you can ask for your complaint to be looked at again by a more senior officer. Our policy is to respond within the same timescales as stage 1.
There is no further right of appeal to the Council. Our response at stage 2 will contain the contact details for the Local Government Ombudsman’s office.
What is a designated person's role? Can I go direct to the Housing Ombudsman with my complaint?
A designated person has a number of options open to them. Within 8 weeks of you receiving the council's final response, they can:
a. Seek to resolve your complaint with the council
b. Choose to refer your complaint directly to the Housing Ombudsman. They must do this in writing, and have your written consent to do this. The Housing Ombudsman will accept complaints by email at at email@example.com
c. Decide not to investigate your complaint or refer the matter to the Housing Ombudsman. They must confirm this in writing to you. If you choose not to contact a designated person, you must allow 8 weeks from the date of the council's final response before you contact the Housing Ombudsman.
The only exception to this is if a designated person has decided not to take any action (option c). If the designated person has confirmed this in writing to you, you do not have to wait 8 weeks before you approach the Housing Ombudsman.
Who are designated persons and how can I contact them?
From 1 April 2013 the Localism Act 2011 put into place new arrangements if you are dissatisfied with the council's final response to your complaint about some housing issues.
Under the new arrangements, you have the option to approach a ‘designated person’ before complaining to the Housing Ombudsman.
A designated person can be any local councillor, any MP in England, or a recognised independent tenant panel (not currently in place in Leeds).
To find details of your Leeds councillors, either by ward or by political party, go to our Councillors page.
A list of MP’s is available at
You will need to give your consent to the designated person to act on your behalf. A copy of our advocacy form is available under the documents tab.