How to make a complaint about a delivered load
What happens next?
The NFU representative will complete a complaint form with details of your complaint and send it to the NFU Beet Intake Manager (BIM).
The BIM will confirm to you in writing (by postcard, letter or email) that your complaint has been registered.
This notification will also contain a reference number, which you should quote in all future enquiries. A communication will be sent explaining how the complaint will be dealt with on your behalf and an approximate time frame within which you will receive a reply from the Complaints Panel.
If you do not receive a communication within two weeks of raising a load complaint, please consult with your NFU Representative at your delivery factory.
The complaints panel is made up of an NFU representative and a British Sugar representative.
The first meeting of the panel is normally held during November and then at regular intervals during the campaign.
When considering your complaint the panel will follow agreed guidelines and study the results of other loads delivered before and after the load(s) in question.
Tare complaints will be statistically analysed to see if they fall outside individual grower limits.
Outcome of complaint
The NFU Beet Intake Manager will write and inform you of the outcome of the complaint. The statistical analysis will sort out those loads which are considered to be uniquely different from the rest and an adjustment will be made.
Where no adjustment is made, the statistical analysis has not indicated that the loads are uniquely different.
What happens if the complaint is upheld?
You will receive confirmation of the decision including:
- Complaint load reference.
- Previous and revised values.
- Any populated loads will also be adjusted to the same values as the load that has been adjusted.
- British Sugar will send you an amended Weekly Beet Invoice confirming the changes.
What happens if the complaint is declined?
You will receive confirmation that your complaint has been declined. Queries that you may have on this decision may be raised with the NFU Beet Intake Manager. You may wish to pursue the complaint further.
Is there an appeals process?
An appeals process exists. You may find it useful to discuss the reasons for a complaint having been declined together with the NFU Beet Intake Manager, Greg Brighouse on 07968 321792, before taking your decision on whether to make an appeal.
All appeals are considered at the end of the campaign, or earlier if possible, by the Appeals Panel, which comprises of:
- NFU representative. This person will be different to the complaints panel representative.
- British Sugar Representative. This person will be different to the complaints panel representative.
How to make an appeal
It must be made in writing.
- You must write to the NFU Beet Intake Manager indicating clearly why, in your opinion, you believe that the load in question is uniquely different from the other loads delivered.
- Appeals must be raised within one month after the final factory closing date.
- The panel will consider your appeal based on your letter of appeal and review all relevant data before reaching a conclusion.
- British Sugar will write to inform you of the outcome of your appeal.
- The decision of the panel is final.
Adopting the guidelines may reduce the need for raising a complaint:
- Check the beet harvester settings.
- Be present when the beet is being loaded and ensure a cleaner loader is used and set correctly, using a picking off table where appropriate.
- Contact your NFU representative to raise a flag when you commence beet deliveries from a new farm, field or beet variety.
- It is worth noting that your complaint is likely to be declined if you have delivered other loads in a similar condition.
Central tarehouse visits
Both the NFU and British Sugar encourage growers to visit the Central Tarehouse at Wissington Sugar Factory to see how their beet samples are processed.
To arrange a visit to the Tarehouse, please contact Greg Brighouse on 07968 321792.
It is wise to contact the NFU representative before you intend to visit to ensure that any health and safety requirements, whilst on site, can be catered for. The Tarehouse operates between 7pm and 7am.
Complaints can be raised for results on sugar or dirt percentage.
Please discuss any information that you believe is relevant as to why your complaint should be upheld with your local NFU representative.
A populated load is a non-sampled load that is given the same value as a sampled load, in accordance with the random beet sampling procedure.
The flag procedure allows you to notify your NFU Representative when you change farm, field or beet variety. Raising a flag will provide additional information for the complaints panel to consider if you later raise a complaint.
Raising a flag does not change the sampling procedure, it only records that a change has occurred.
To initiate the flag system you should notify your NFU Representative exactly when you will deliver the first load from a new farm, field or beet variety. The NFU Representative will register a flag to the specific load and record the reason.
Please note that a flag can only be requested before the delivery is made.
Local NFU representative
To contact your local representative, please call the appropriate number below.
If you so wish you can send an email to [email protected]