Complaints - People First Party

Complaints

At the People First Party we are committed to meeting the needs and expectations of our many supporters.

Our commitment to you

We have five core service principles that underpin our commitment to you:

  1. We are responsive when you contact us
  2. We are always professional in our dealings with you
  3. We value your feedback and we listen and are engaged
  4. We respect your privacy
  5. We are accessible to you through many different contact channels

After all, without your support, we would not be able to fight to create People First political change in our country.

However, we know that there may be times when we do not meet our own high standards. When this does happen, we want to hear about it, resolve the situation as quickly as possible and put measures in place to stop it happening again.

We take complaints very seriously and we treat them as an opportunity to develop. This is why we are always very grateful to hear from people who are willing to take the time to help us improve.

So, how can you tell us your thoughts?

How to make a complaint

 
You can call us on  [phone line still being implimented].  One of our friendly Supporter Care Team will be ready and willing to help. Our phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Outside of these hours, you can always leave us a message and a contact number and someone will return your call within one working day.

Email

You can email us at headoffice@peoplefirstparty.org 

How long will the complaint process take?

You will receive an acknowledgement of your complaint within two days of receipt. We will endeavour to respond fully and conclusively to all complaints within ten working days. Wherever possible, we will investigate the matter more quickly. In more complex situations where an immediate response is not possible, we will investigate the matter and get back to you as quickly as we can. In the past, we have found the best way to resolve a problem quickly is by telephone. This way we can make sure that we fully understand the issue and can gather all of the information that we need to resolve the problem in a fast and effective way.

Our approach to resolving complaints

We will work hard to resolve problems, correct mistakes and address concerns to reach a fair and reasonable outcome. When contacting us about a complaint, please feel free to let us know how you think it could be resolved.

We will always treat you with courtesy and respect, listen to what you say, keep you informed about our progress, provide you with a prompt response and tell you who to go to if you want to escalate your complaint further.

From time to time, we receive complaints that do not relate directly to something that the People First Party has done or that we are not able to comment on. We are a  political party with limited resources and we must use these in the best way possible. This can mean not engaging in lengthy debates on issues that are unrelated to the People First Party work.

There may be rare occasions when we choose not to respond to a complaint at all.

These include:

  • When a complaint is about something that the People First Party has no direct connection to. We may choose to reply to clear our name but we are not obliged to.
  • When someone pursues a complaint that we have already responded to, with no new issues raised. They will be given escalation points but we may choose not to reply again. We will always inform you of our decision to do this.
  • When a complainant is being obviously abusive, prejudiced or offensive in their manner.
  • When a complainant is harassing a staff member.
  • When a complaint is incoherent or illegible. When a complaint has clearly been sent to us and numerous other organisations as part of a bulk mailing or email. In this instance, we can choose whether it is necessary for us to reply.
  • The People First Party  cannot respond to complaints made anonymously. However, we can give general information and advice to anonymous callers. We can also investigate the complaint and use the information to improve in any way that we can.

For privacy reasons, we don’t collect information about third parties who aren’t directly involved in the matter, such as friends, other family members and neighbours.

What if you are not happy with our response?

We hope we are able to resolve your complaint by reaching a fair and reasonable outcome you’re happy with. However, if you are dissatisfied with our resolution, you can write directly to our Party President & Leader who represents the highest decision making body in the party.

Please outline the details of the complaint, why you have not been satisfied with our response up to now, and what you would like us to do to put things right.

Email: finn@peoplefirsrtparty.org

If you need more information

We treat all feedback and complaints as an opportunity to improve. We are happy to acknowledge and apologise for mistakes we have made and then try to prevent them from happening again in the future. Thank you for helping us to provide a better service.

Where you feel unable to raise a concern through the above standard feedback channels because of reasonable grounds to fear reprisal, you may use the mechanisms provided by our Whistle-blower Policy.

To provide effective protection over disclosures, including allowing continuous discussion with anonymous reporters we has chosen to use an external, secure, online service from Whispli.

This is the preferred and easiest mechanism for making a protected disclosure and can be used by anyone with internet access and a browser by going to: [coming soon].