Guidance: How to bring a complaint to the Independent Case Examiner

Independent Case Examiner

July 16
14:07 2019


This guidance explains how the Independent Case Examiner (ICE) acts as an impartial referee for people who:

  • feel they have been treated unfairly
  • are unhappy with the way their complaint has been dealt with

This is a free service.

Please dont contact us until you get a final response from the government agency or business that says you can bring your case to us.

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Published 1 February 2013
Last updated 16 July 2019 +show all updates
  1. Updated the list of organisations that ICE deals with (part 1). Explained that you need to provide written consent if you want a representative to act on your behalf (part 4). Added guidance about corresponding by email securely (part 4.1).
  2. Added Pension Wise to the list of organisations ICE deals with. Clarified the order in which ICE deals with cases in section 6.2 'If you and the agency or business cant agree'.
  3. Added "We deal with post received after 12 noon on the next working day." (section 4).
  4. Changed the time for completing action on "can't agree" cases to within 15 weeks of allocation to an investigation case manager, or within 20 weeks if the case requires a report from the Independent Case Examiner (paragraph 6.2).
  5. Added "If you want us to return any documents you send us, please tell us when you send them" to the guidance.
  6. Updated opening hours 8am to 6pm.
  7. Updated HTML and PDF guidance to reflect changes to procedures and timings (mainly in paragraphs 6, 6.1 and 6.2).
  8. Added "Fit for Work (the government-funded advice service)" to the list of organisations ICE deals with.
  9. Updated guidance to stress the importance of having a FINAL response that mentions ICE before contacting ICE.
  10. First published.

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