Gangmasters Licensing Authority scrutinised in red tape review

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) could be abolished under the Government's Red Tape Challenge, which is considering ways to lighten the legislative burden on UK businesses.

"The Government is carrying out a no-holds-barred review and nothing can be ruled out," said GLA chair Margaret McKinlay. "We are working with Defra and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to decide what's best."

On a timescale for the decision, she said: "The Red Tape Challenge website speaks of a three-month horizon, but clearly not everything can be done in that time."

McKinlay had pledged to bring a lighter touch to the GLA's work following her appointment in July. The regulator, based in Nottingham, has around 80 staff.

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