Principles for Remedy

Being open and accountable

Public bodies should provide clear guidance about the criteria they use for deciding remedies. Staff should know the circumstances in which they may offer remedies, and what they may and may not offer.

Criteria for deciding remedies should be clear. But they should not be applied rigidly or mechanically in a way that prevents staff and their managers considering the fairest and most appropriate remedy in all the circumstances.

Public bodies should be open and clear with complainants about what remedies may be available to them, and in what circumstances. If the internal governance of a public body means that some kinds of remedy are available only through a formal complaints procedure, it should be open and clear about that fact.

When offering a remedy, public bodies should explain to the complainant how they reached their decision. They should also keep a clear record of the decision and the reasons for it.