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Making a complaint

We work hard to ensure our Members act within the rules set by the industry regulators.

Please click on the following link and read our Code of Practice. If you think a Member has broken the rules of this Code you can make a complaint by downloading our Complaints Form.

Before making a complaint we would encourage you to carry out the following activities:

 

  • Go to the Members Directory and check whether the company you wish to complain about is a Member of the CSA. If you are still unsure, feel free to contact us. If the company is a Member of the CSA then we are able to help you with your complaint.
  • On first instance, we recommend you contact the Member company to discuss any issues you have and enquire about their complaints process. If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome then you can review our Complaints Procedure.
  • If you believe that the Member has acted in breach of our Code of Practice and the complaint meets the necessary criteria, please complete, sign and return the Complaint Form to our registered address.

CSA Complaints Procedure

 How we deal with your complaint.

All complaints must be submitted in writing, with a signed complaint form. We require the form to be signed so that we, and our member, have the requisite authorisation to share information.

The following is the sequence of events after the CSA receive a complaint form;

  • CSA receive a signed complaint form
  • CSA register the complaint and send a copy to the relevant member company
  • The member is given eight weeks to respond directly to the complainant
  • CSA get a copy of the response from the member company
  • CSA considers both positions and determines whether the Code of Practice has been breached
  • Appropriate action is taken (if required) to remedy the situation
  • If further information is required the CSA contact the relevant party (the complainant or the member company).
  • After a full review, the CSA provides a formal response to the complainant

 

If you remain unhappy with the outcome of the complaint, you may have justification to escalate the matter to our our head of compliance, Claire Aynsley, claire.aynsley@csa-uk.com.

 

Please note: The CSA can only intervene when;

  • a member company is in breach of the Code.
  • the company is a member of the CSA (we cannot act when the complaint is about the client of a member company, a bank or building society for example).
  • the information supplied by a member company appears from the facts to be incorrect.

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Credit Services Association

Complaints Department

2 Esh Plaza

Sir Bobby Robson Way

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

NE13 9BA

 

Why the CSA need a signed copy of your complaint

 

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04-05-2018

Maximising the opportunity of apprenticeships

Fiona Macaskill is Head of Learning & Development at the Credit Services Association (CSA); the UK trade body for the debt collection sector.

 

The fanfare arrival of the Government’s campaign and incentive to create thousands of apprenticeships nationwide is in serious danger of fading to a muted squeak if the latest reports are to be believed. And that means a seriously wasted opportunity for all of us working in the credit industry.

Last month the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) put in a freedom of information request that discovered that £1.28bn of the £1.39bn paid by Levy paying employers is currently sitting unused. The AELP’s Chief Executive and Policy Director both expressed dismay at the calls from employment organisations such as the CBI that the Government should relax the levy and dilute it into more ‘general’ skills training.

The AELP is an unequivocal supporter of the levy and believes that for the foreseeable future the levy should be ring-fenced to fund only apprenticeships. Its leaders are also exasperated by the misleading coverage given to the subject in the media and say that the levy could be a genuine ‘game changer’ in improving productivity, social mobility, and quality. In this we are agreed.

 

As I write, whilst we are having some great conversations with members unfortunately, at this first anniversary of the levy, the first have yet to signup to a CSA Apprenticeship scheme. It may be that the investment has been made with other providers, but even if that is the case then the numbers are still small. Given the size of our membership, and those who qualify for the levy, we estimate that more than £1m is leaking from our industry.

Amidst all of this, however, is some positive news regarding what those outside of our industry are doing. Whereas CSA Apprenticeships may not have yet had the traction we anticipated within credit services, others have been quicker to recognise the value they can deliver. We now have more than 20 firms signed up to our Apprenticeships, coming from big brand names across different industries such as insurance, food and beverage and the public sector.

There was also more good news recently with the welcome announcement from the Department for Education that businesses are being allowed to share a proportion of their levy funding with another company. This is something we would actively and urgently encourage our members, and the wider industry, to consider.

Within the field of debt collection and consumer credit, a number of specific apprenticeship standards have been created that are being offered and supported by the CSA. These range from the new standard in Credit Control through to the most advanced Senior Compliance/Risk Specialist Apprenticeship standard, and every point in between.

 

Levy sharing

From this month, all levy-paying firms will be able to share up to 10% of their levy with one other company or organisation of their choosing. This could be in support of their supply chain (e.g it could be a debt buyer supporting a Panel member), or to support their wider Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda, enabling apprenticeship opportunities for other businesses and individuals who might not otherwise be funded.

Whether you are a levy-paying business who is not able to spend all your levy, or a non-paying business who wishes to join a CSA Apprenticeship programme, we believe this is good news for our industry. What is particularly exciting is that any non-levy paying firms who access apprenticeship funding this way will then not be required to pay a 10% contribution, which means a ‘win-win’ for all parties concerned.

It will be interesting to see how this news is received, and whether it acts as a catalyst for those who have yet to embrace the apprenticeships’ initiative to finally take action. If it does, then we are well placed to support them.