We think complaints are a good way to improve what we do. We’re working at making our complaints culture positive for colleagues and customers. We want everyone to feel confident when it comes to complaints.
We have 115,000 customers living in 55,000 homes. Sometimes, things do go wrong and we know we’re not perfect. But we put a lot of effort into making things right and learning for the future.
We’re learning lots from you about communication at the moment. Communicating effectively is really important to us, and we know it makes a big difference to you too.
So, we’re being proactive about repairs. Instead of waiting for you to complain, we’re letting you know when we’re aware of a problem and the action that we’re taking.
Here’s a few other things we’re being proactive about:
We have customer board members and actively invite involved customers to our board meetings every two months. Our board are ultimately responsible for everything we do and it’s important to us that our customers are involved right at the top.
At our recent Home Group Board meeting, some female customers talked about their experiences with repairs. Most importantly, how their personal circumstances affected the urgency of their repair. For example, the customers involved said that communal and external lighting can have an impact on their safety during the darker winter months.
This taught us that just having emergency or routine repairs doesn’t give us the space to consider your individual needs. Our director of maintenance has committed to reviewing how we categorise repairs to see how we can make this work better for you.
When we handle your complaints, our colleagues use SMART plans; specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. We’ve learnt that we’re not using these as well as we could be, so we’re aiming to be better at this.
Here’s an insight into how we use them and what you can expect:
Our customer scrutiny groups tell us what we could do better. We asked how we could improve our complaints responses and the group came up with some top tips for us:
There's lots of different ways to get involved and make a difference to your community.
If you’ve got a great idea that helps us do things better, don’t be shy, just let us know. If you pop over to our compliments and complaints information, we’ll tell you how you can give us your feedback.
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