At Bank of Scotland, we aim to provide excellent customer service whenever you deal with us. If we do not achieve this, we would very much like to know so we can have the opportunity to put things right.
We will take your complaint seriously and positively. To help you understand, we have outlined below our approach to resolving your compaints with us.
You can write or speak to:
You can expect us to:
The majority of complaints should be resolved by the close of business the day after we recieve your complaint. When this is not going to be the case, we will provide an acknowledgement of your complaint within five working days unless other arrangements are agreed with you in advance.
After that, we will reguarly update you on our progress, as advised in our acknowledgement, until we have completed our investigations and sent you our final response. We aim to issue our response within eight weeks of the date your complaint was raised. You may, of course, contact your Relationship Director at any time should you wish to discuss progress or any other matter relating to your complaint.
Our final response will address all of your concerns, confirm whether the complaint is being upheld or rejected and if eligible provide referral rights to the Financial Ombudsman Service if you remain dissatisfied with the outcome.
If you are unhappy with our response, you should contact your Relationship Director as soon as possible, including details of further information that may be applicable to the case. You can expect us to consider any new information and for us to either provide an updated decision or reaffirm our prior position.
If you are unhappy with our decision after a final response has been issued, you may be eligible to refer your complaint onto the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS provides support on individual unresolved complaints from personal customers and small businesses.
In order to refer a complaint to the FOS, you must meet the FOS eligibility criteria. The FOS will consider complaints from:
Whilst the vast majority of Commercial Banking customer complaints will fall outside the above criteria, you should speak to your Relationship Director if you consider this is not the case for your complaint.
In any event, in order to be eligible for referral to the FOS the complaint must either have been fully investigated by us, with a final response having been issued, or, no final response has been provided after eight weeks from the complaint being made.
Further details on the Financial Ombudsman Service can be found at: www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk, by telephoning 0800 023 4567, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to:
Financial Ombudsman ServiceSouth Key Plaza183 Marsh WallLondon E14 9SR
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