Hampshire County Council has adopted 0300 numbers for contacting most of its services.
The main advantage (to us) of a 0300 number is the price.
Calls cost no more than 9 pence per minute (the same as what are now called “geographic numbers” but we used to call just “telephone numbers”. Does anyone else remember STD Codes, a-rate and b-rate, and different dialling codes for local numbers?”).
Old 0845 numbers and New 0300 numbers
The old 0845 numbers could cost up to 12 pence per minute. OK, 3 pence may not sound like a lot, but if you are left on hold for thirty minutes while someone sorts out your query, those 3 pence soon start to mount up.
Remember that these costs are for calling from a landline. “Calls from mobile phones may vary” as they say on the radio. That is a euphemistic way of saying “calls from mobile phones will be very very expensive” – so if you can, call from a landline.
Contact Hampshire County Council
For a full list of the numbers for different services of Hampshire County Council – and email addresses – see Contact Hampshire County Council page.
General Enquiries and Switchboard of Hampshire County Council is: 0300 555 1375.
And if you are confused by the plethora of dialling codes and call charges, this page about charges from gov.uk helps to explain what they all mean.