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Consultation on grocery code
THE Groceries Code Adjudicator's office has launched a consultation on how it will ensure compliance with the code of practice.
The adjudicator, Christine Tacon, will be able to formally investigate complaints from 2014.
The procedures she will follow will partly be determined by the consultation, which runs until October 22. This is the public’s chance to help ensure the system is robust and effective.
The link to the consultation can be found online at gov.uk/government/consultations.
Six key questions are up for discussion and need to be considered in conjunction with the guidance:
1. Is the guidance clear on how the investigation criteria will be applied? If not, how can this be improved?
2. Does the complaints procedure explain how the adjudicator will deal with complaints? If not, how can this be improved?
3. Does the investigations procedure explain how the adjudicator will deal with investigations? If not, how can this be improved?
4. Does the section on enforcement powers explain how the adjudicator will choose whether to use these and which ones?
5. The adjudicator proposes that the maximum financial penalty for breaches of the code is one per cent of UK turnover. Do you agree? If not, what do you think the maximum financial penalty for code breaches should be?
6. The adjudicator can provide additional guidance should that be useful, for example on the appeals process and arbitration. What additional guidance would you like to see?
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