The key provisions of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Act 2013 came into force on 25 June 2013, formally establishing the role, and commencing the powers, of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
The government has published a guide to help determine whether a complaint is within the scope of the Adjudicator’s powers. The government has also announced that it will publish, for consultation, guidance on how the Adjudicator will use her powers, how she will run investigations, and how and when sanctions will be applied. The Adjudicator will only be able to launch investigations after consultation and finalisation of this guidance, although she can still accept complaints in the meantime.
Commission unlikely to charge charities for filing accounts
The Charity Commission's head of compliance monitoring, Neville Brownlee, reassured a public meeting this week that a portal for joint filing of a charitable company's accounts with the Commission and Companies House is a “much more likely outcome” than charging charities fees to file their accounts with the Commission.
On 1 July 2016, the Charity Commission launched a consultation on how it proposes to use its new power in section 1 of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 to issue official warnings to charities and charity trustees, as set out in draft guidance.