Edward Davey, the Minister for Employment Relations, has written to the RECÃ‚Â confirming that the Government agrees with the REC’s position that theÃ‚Â Gangmaster LicensingÃ‚Â Authority (GLA)Ã‚Â shouldÃ‚Â not be extended.
The Government has also emphasised its commitment toÃ‚Â risk-based enforcementÃ‚Â through the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and otherÃ‚Â regulatory bodies.
Commenting on the letter,Ã‚Â KevinÃ‚Â GreenÃ‚Â ChiefÃ‚Â ExecutiveÃ‚Â of the REC said:
“We are delighted that the new coalitionÃ‚Â Government has dealt with this matter quickly and effectively so that we can both concentrate on the real issues affecting our industry.Ã‚Â 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 RECÃ‚Â can nowÃ‚Â concentrate its efforts on raising standards in recruitment, as well as the reputation of our industry.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 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.”