Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint, we have a procedure for you to use.

Should you have any queries about how to go about making a complaint please email complaints@artscouncil-ni.org

Complaints Procedure

This procedure applies to complaints about services supplied by the Arts Council or by third party organisations/individuals funded by the Arts Council. It does not apply to complaints from organisations/individuals who have been rejected for funding or who feel they have not received sufficient funding. Such complaints should be dealt with under the  Funding Review  procedure. Complaints from members of the general public over funding decisions should be dealt with under this Service Complaints procedure.

Complaints made by telephone

Complaints should be directed to the most appropriate officer directly connected with the subject of the complaint, eg the relevant Artform officer if the complaint is from or about a funded organisation; a member of the communications team if the complaint is about something that appeared in the press.

The officer will try to resolve the issue immediately. If you are not satisfied with the answer given by the officer the next step is to make a formal complaint in writing to the Complaints Administrator.

If you are not satisfied with the answer given by the officer the next step is to make a formal complaint in writing to the Complaints Administrator.

Complaints made in writing

Complaints made in writing (letter, fax, or e-mail) will be forwarded immediately to the Complaints Administrator. The complaint will be acknowledged and will be logged as a formal complaint.

(A) If the complaint is about a direct Arts Council service
The Complaints Administrator (CA) will acknowledge the letter within one working day. The CA will keep the original complaint document and will pass a copy of the complaint to the most appropriate officer The reply will be issued within 7 working days of receipt of the complaint.

(B) If the complaint is about a third party organisation/individual funded by the Arts Council
The CA will acknowledge the letter within one working day. The relevant Director of the complaint. The Director will decide whether or not the complaint is to be handled in-house or whether it needs to be passed to the third party organisation (TPO) for action.

  • If the Director decides that this is an in-house matter the complaint will be handled as per (A) above.
  • If the Director decides that this is a matter for the TPO to resolve then a copy of the letter of complaint will be forwarded to the TPO within 3 working days. The covering letter will ask the TPO to deal with the matter and reply directly to the original complainant. The Arts Council cannot dictate to another organisation the timeframe within which it should reply to complaints.  However, if a copy of the reply is not received from the TPO within one month, the CA will issue a reminder. If the TPO fails to provide a copy of the reply following a reminder this will be brought to the attention of the Director who will contact the TPO directly to establish the position.

(C) Anonymous complaints
All written anonymous complaints will be logged as above.  The relevant Director will decide on the level of investigation into the complaint and the outcome will be recorded on file.


Reporting

A monthly report will be provided to Council on the number of complaints received and outcome within the period.

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