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Customer Service


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Online

We have many services available for you to use online.

Our Pay it, Apply for it, and Report it pages contain links to the services that are most popular with our customers.

By phone

You can contact our Customer Services Team by phone, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Our switchboard and contact centre telephone number is: 01892 526121.

When is the best time to call?

Day 9am to 11am 11am to 1pm 1pm to 3pm 3pm to 5pm
Monday Busy Busy Busy Average
Tuesday Busy Busy Busy Average
Wednesday Average Busy Average Busy
Thursday Average Busy Busy Busy
Friday Quiet Busy Average Average

Face-to-face

You can see our advisors in person at our Gateway office. They are able to assist with the majority of council services.

There are also a number of partner organisations present at the Gateway.

For more information about the Gateway, including details of our partner organisations, how to find us, and our opening times, please see our Gateway page.

Our commitment to you

We will meet your needs as fully as we are able by being:

  • courteous – giving polite, accurate and prompt responses
  • confidential – showing sensitivity, a respect for privacy and an awareness of special needs
  • attentive – listening, consulting and welcoming suggestions
  • efficient – providing value for money services

If you visit us we will:

  • always be available during office hours to speak with you
  • ensure our reception areas are clean, tidy and safe
  • wear name badges so you know who you are talking to
  • provide comfortable, confidential surroundings for discussions, whenever possible

If you telephone us we will:

  • answer your call promptly and politely
  • deal with your query immediately or ensure you are called back
  • arrange for staff to call you back if they are unavailable when you call
  • ensure that all messages and call backs are completed within 24 hours

If you write to us we will:

  • respond to you within five working days
  • give you the name, title and telephone number of the person dealing with your query
  • fully explain any delay and give you timescales for resolving the matter
  • respond to all your points using clear, plain language

If we visit you we will:

  • give you notice of a visit whenever possible
  • always be punctual, efficient and respectful of your home
  • make provision for any special needs that you may have
  • carry identification cards to show you before we come in

If things need putting right we will:

  • welcome your comments and feedback
  • aim to resolve complaints on the spot if possible
  • if we can't, we will reply to you within 15 working days
  • keep you informed of timescales if a solution is going to take longer than planned
  • display our complaints procedure at all contact points