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Gang Master Licence...

Government confirms to REC that the licensing debate is dead...

Edward Davey, the Minister for Employment Relations, has today written to the RECconfirming that the Government agrees withitsposition that theGangmaster LicensingAuthority (GLA)shouldnot be extended.

The Government has also emphasised its commitment torisk-based enforcementthrough the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and otherregulatory bodies.

The REC has been consulting with its members over the past six months about the regulatory environment and licensing, and had concluded that an extension of the GLA’s remit would not be the best way forward.

Commenting on the letter,KevinGreen, the REC'sChiefExecutive, said: "We are delighted that the new coalitionGovernment has dealt with this matter quickly and effectively so that we can both concentrate on the real issues affecting our industry. The REC was concerned that an extension of the GLA would simply lead to a costly scheme, which wouldn't catch rogue providers operating without a licence."

He continued: "Moving forward, the RECcan nowconcentrate its efforts on raising standards in recruitment, as well as the reputation of our industry.

We will continue to work with the Department for Business and other Government departments to ensure that their inspectorates are best equipped to pick up the minority of players who flout the rules in this well-regulated sector."

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