Related provisions for DISP 2.2.1

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On receipt of a complaint (and subsequently if necessary) the Ombudsman must have regard to the following matters:(1) whether or not the complaint meets the criteria in DISP 2.2 (Which complaints can be dealt with under the Financial Ombudsman Service?);(2) whether or not the complaint is within the time limits in DISP 2.3 (Time limits for referral of complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service);(3) whether or not the complainant is an eligible complainant; and(4) whether or
Where the firm has not had the eight weeks provided for under DISP 1.4.5 R to consider the complaint, the Ombudsman will refer the complaintto the firm, unless the firm has already issued a final response.
Where a firm fails to send a complainant a final response by the end of eight weeks, the Ombudsman may consider the complaint.
Where the Ombudsman considers that the complaint or the complainant may be ineligible under the jurisdiction rules (see DISP 2 (Jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service)) he must give the complainant an opportunity to make representations before he reaches his decision and he must give reasons to the complainant for that decision and inform the firm of his decision.
DISP 3.2.5 R applies without prejudice to a firm's right to raise the issue of eligibility subsequently.
It is also relevant to those who might wish to refer a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service.(2) relevant new complaints about events before commencement but referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service after commencement under the Ombudsman Transitional Order; and(3) relevant transitional complaints referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service after the relevant commencement date under the Mortgages and General Insurance Complaints Transitional Order.
Firms are not obliged to restrict their internal complaint handling procedures to expressions of dissatisfaction from eligible complainants. They may, if they wish, also establish procedures for handling complaints from other customers.