The Ombudsman’s Principles outline the approach we believe public bodies should adopt when delivering good administration and customer service and how to respond when things go wrong.

In particular, we want public bodies to understand how we will approach complaints, and complainants to understand how we will consider their cases.

For those reasons, we have consolidated our Principles into one publication called ‘Ombudsman’s Principles’ which brings together the:

These three sets of Principles outline the approach we believe public bodies should adopt when delivering good administration and customer service, and how to respond when things go wrong. They underpin our assessment of performance, our vision of good complaint handling and our approach to putting things right.

The Principles are based on over forty years’ experience of handling large numbers of complaints. The Principles endorse legality, flexibility, transparency, fairness and accountability – the necessary ingredients of good administration.

Ombudsman's introduction to the Principles
19 April 2012

Our role is to consider complaints that government departments, a range of other public bodies in the UK, and the NHS in England, have not acted properly or fairly or have provided a poor service.

Principles for Remedy
19 April 2012