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The Social Services Complaints Procedure (Wales) Regulations 2005

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18.  (1)  The local authority must take all reasonable steps to resolve the complaint as soon as is reasonably practicable and subject to paragraph (2), within 10 working days beginning on the date the complaint was made.

(2) The period referred to in paragraph (1) may be extended upon request by the complainant or with the complainant’s agreement by up to a further 10 working days.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (1), the local authority may in any case where it would be appropriate to do so, and with the agreement of the complainant, make arrangements for conciliation, mediation or other assistance for the purposes of resolving the complaint.

(4) Where the complaint is resolved under paragraph (1), the local authority must confirm in writing to the complainant the agreed resolution.

(5) Where the complaint has not been resolved within 20 working days, the local authority must, as soon as practicable, notify the complainant in writing of:

(a)the complainant’s right to request that the complaint be formally considered;

(b)the procedure for requesting such further consideration; and

(c)the date by which such a request must be made having regard to the provisions of paragraph (6).

(6) The complainant may request orally or in writing that the complaint be formally considered under regulation 19 at any time within 30 working days of the date on which the complaint was first made.

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