Young people's perceptions of complaints procedures in local government



Brennan, Carol and Galloway, Alison and Thompson, Susan (2002) Young people's perceptions of complaints procedures in local government. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 26 (4). pp. 256-363. ISSN 1470-6423

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Abstract

This study examined 46 young people aged 16–24 years and evaluated their knowledge and awareness of the formal complaints procedures used by local government. Two areas in Scotland, one city (Edinburgh) and one town (Stirling), were chosen to participate in the study. Six focus groups, three in each area, were carried out to identify the level of awareness among the respondents and to permit a cross-section of educational backgrounds to be obtained. A questionnaire was used to assemble a profile on each participant. After analysis of the focus groups, a focused interview with the Corporate Complaints Officers from two councils was undertaken. Each interview incorporated an in-depth discussion regarding the formal complaints procedure while focusing on the young people within their constituency. The research revealed that young people's knowledge and awareness of local government complaints procedures is low, regardless of educational background and area of residence. For a minority, social factors such as confidence and competence do play a role although it is mainly organizational barriers, such as lack of information and access, which are the main causes of the problem. A number of young people indicated that they would complain if they knew how to execute a complaint successfully. The service providers were knowledgeable that awareness is low among this age group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complaints procedures • young people • local government • consumer involvement • consumer information • accessibility
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Business, Enterprise & Management
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2009 14:32
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:56
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/886

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