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East Dunbartonshire
Trusted Trader

Complaint and dispute resolution process

As a Trading Standards vetted Trusted Trader, all members have agreed to abide to a dispute resolution process as set out in the Trusted Trader Code of Practice.


If a consumer is unhappy with any work carried out by a member of the scheme, then they need to follow the complaints process detailed below. This is managed by Trusted Directory Services (TDS) and overseen by Trading Standards. If the complaint can not be resolved, then East Dunbartonshire Trading Standards will handle all unresolved cases and will be the schemes Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service.

However, if the trader is a member of another Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service through a Trade Association or other body, complaints may be referred to that service for independent adjudication.

Trusted Trader complaint process

  • in the event of any dispute or complaint between a trader and consumer, both parties should try and resolve the issue directly
  • if the consumer remains unsatisfied, then they must request a copy of the trader’s complaint process
  • any details of the complaint or issue needs to be made in writing to the trader. This can be either as an e-mail or as a letter. This document will form the basis of the complaint
  • the trader must be allowed a chance to respond and offer a solution or resolution to the complaint
  • if the complaint remains unresolved, or communication has broken down, either party may contact TDS with details of the complaint and request assistance
  • TDS will respond to both parties within five working days
  • TDS will consider the complaint, and where appropriate provide a recommendation to attempt to resolve the dispute
  • Trusted Trader members must communicate fully with TDS staff throughout the process of dealing with any dispute
  • any dispute which cannot be resolved by informal means will be referred back to the trader, who will send a final deadlock letter. This will set out their final position and any final offer
  • the consumer may then accept or decline the deadlock offer. If declined, Trading Standards will review the case to ensure the complaints process has been followed correctly and then take over the case until resolution can be found or a compromise met
  • there are no fees for using the complaints process, or if escalated to East Dunbartonshire Trading Standards.

Responding to a complaint

  • TDS will ensure every complaint and dispute is investigated impartially
  • traders and consumers must fully cooperate with requests for assistance relating directly to the complaint or dispute
  • remember to keep all responses professional and factual
  • if attempts at mediation prove unsuccessful, then the case will be reviewed and taken over by Trading Standards.

If you are unhappy with a decision

If you are unhappy with how a Trusted Trader complaint has been handled or any decision, please address your complaint in writing to:
East Dunbartonshire Trusted Trader
Community Protection Manager
East Dunbartonshire Council
Trading Standards Group
45 Southbank Drive
G66 1XR

Complaints concerning the East Dunbartonshire Trusted Trader scheme

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the East Dunbartonshire Trusted Trader scheme that falls outside of the scope of Section 8 of the Code of Practice, please address the complaint in writing to the address given above.