Groceries Code Adjudicator increase welcomed

The FUW has welcomed plans to double the retailer levy available to the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) to 2 million pounds. The levy available to the GCA is used to fund investigations into retailers which may have conducted breaches of the Groceries Supply Chain Code of Practice. however, unspent levy must be returned and this increase in the amount of levy available therefore allows the Adjudicator to have a ‘float’ to fund potential investigations into bad or unfair practices. “The initial levy pot available to the adjudicator was £800,000 and this cost was split between the five major retailers,” said FUW senior policy officer Dr hazel Wright. “This significant increase should aid the adjudicator in funding investigations and is a positive step forward in identifying unfair practices, improving transparency and fostering accountability in the supply chain.” The Groceries Code applies to those supermarkets with a turnover of greater than 1 billion pounds and the FUW has repeatedly called for this threshold to be lowered in order to cover more retailers.

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