We want everyone to be happy with the service we provide. That’s why, if we’ve let you down, we want to hear from you.

This page is for making a complaint against the advice you have received from us.

We promise to deal with every complaint quickly, professionally and confidentially.

It’s quicker to contact the Manager or person in charge at the local Citizens Advice centre.  They will often be able to solve the problem straight away.  If they can’t, or you’re still not happy, you can make a formal complaint by either;

  • completing the form below
  • sending an email to
  • or writing a letter to our Chief Executive at Citizens Advice County Durham, 71 High Street, Spennymoor. Co Durham. DL16 6BB

You can download a copy of our Complaints Leaflet CACD – April 2024.

Your complaint will be investigated by someone who isn’t directly involved.  If it’s upheld, we’ll apologies fully and if appropriate, let you know what we’re doing to put things right.

We aim to respond to every complaint within eight weeks.  If it’s going to take longer, we’ll explain why and keep you informed of the progress.

If you feel we haven’t dealt with your complaint properly or you aren’t satisfied with the outcome, you can ask national Citizens Advice to review the decision within four weeks of receiving the decision.  The review will be overseen by their Chief Executive.  Your request should be submitted to

If you are still not happy with the decision, you can refer your complaint to an independent adjudicator within four weeks of receiving the decision.  Your request should be submitted to

If your complaint is about debt advice or if you were seeking advice about your credit record and you are not satisfied with the final response, or if eight weeks have passed since you first let us know about your concerns, you can ask the Financial Ombudsman to review your complaint.  The Financial Ombudsman will only step in after we have had the opportunity to look at the complaint.  Your request should be submitted to