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Mastering better regulation

Mastering better regulation

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has made good progress putting better regulation principles into practice according to a new report from the Better Regulation Executive published today.

The report, part of a series of reviews of national regulators, examined how the GLA matched up to the principles of effective regulation set out by Philip Hampton in 2005. The GLA regulates businesses that provide workers to farming, the food industry and related sectors which employ up to 450,000 workers or around ten per cent of the UK employment agency sector. The report found that the GLA:

has had an impressive impact in improving the working conditions for some vulnerable workers
is a learning organisation that is open and responsive to external challenge and
has been effective in building consensus on the best regulatory solutions amongst a diverse set of stakeholders.

Despite making real progress in implementing better regulation principles into its work, the report also identified some issues the GLA needed to address to improve its performance further, including working with a wider range of partners to improve its intelligence gathering. The GLA had built strong relationships with HMRC and the Police but could explore other potential sources of information from the agricultural sector. The GLA could also benefit by clarifying its decision making process in licensing cases, to help stakeholders understand how better to comply and avoid prosecution.

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