If you are not happy with the way the council has handled your complaint you have the right to refer it to the Ombudsman. There are two Ombudsmen that cover the work of the council – the Local Government Ombudsman and the Independent Housing Ombudsman. Both Ombudsmen have a slightly different approach to how they investigate complaints. Please see below for more information.
Local Government Ombudsman (LGO)
The LGO investigates complaints about most council services except for those related to housing management. You can make a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman at any time during the process, however, they will usually only investigate a complaint that has completed our own process.
If you wish to contact the Local Government Ombudsman his contact details are:
Telephone: 0300 061 0614
Independent Housing Ombudsman (IHO)
To complain to the Independent Housing Ombudsman you must have completed the council’s complaints process and either be referred by any MP in England or a Lambeth councillor, or wait eight weeks from the date of receiving our final response to approach them directly yourself.
Contact details for the Independent Housing Ombudsman are:
Housing Ombudsman Service
Harbour Exchange Square
London E14 9GE
Contact details for all MPs can be found on the House of Commons website. You can also contact the House of Commons.
Contact details for the House of Commons are:
House of Commons
Telephone: 020 7219 4272
Find out contact details for Lambeth councillors on the website. You can approach any councillor in Lambeth.
You can also find contact details for Lambeth councillors by calling 020 7926 1000 or writing to:
Lambeth Town Hall