Gangmasters Licensing Authority launches consultation into streamlining processes

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has launched a public consultation looking at how its licensing processes can be streamlined and resources released to more effectively protect workers from exploitation.

The exercise is part of the authority’s response to the Red Tape Challenge – a Government initiative intended to remove unnecessary regulation.

Areas being looked at during the consultation process include:

  • The application and inspection process
  • Earned recognition – eg providing periods of non-inspection for compliant licence holders
  • The licence renewal process
  • Active checks on licence holders and the public register

New chief executive Paul Broadbent who joined the organisation at the start of the month said he welcomed an early opportunity to hear views on how people think the GLA could improve.

"We want to hear how people think we can work smarter, improve the way we operate and remove unnecessary restrictions we place on businesse," he said.

The Red Tape Challenge’s review of the GLA recommended reducing the burden of inspections and fees on established, compliant businesses, while focussing more closely on the gross abuse of workers.

It also recommended an increased commitment to tackling any unscrupulous gangmasters committing crimes including tax evasion, trafficking, health and safety negligence and other serious crimes.

The consultation document is available to download from the GLA website at http://gla.defra.gov.uk/


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