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Licensing extension is non-starter, says REC Construction

Licensing extension is non-starter, says REC Construction

 
Labour MP David Hamilton recently introduced a Private Members Bill (PMB) on extending gangmaster licensing to construction. The Bill is due for second reading this Friday (December 3). In the run-up to this, the REC has re-emphasised the industry line and has called on the Government to push back on yet more regulation on the sector.
 
Earlier in the year, the REC launched a six month consultation with members on licensing and the overall regulatory environment for recruiters. This provided a clear steer for discussions with Government. The REC welcomed the Employment Minister Ed Daveys recent announcement that licensing would not be extended across the industry.
 
Responding to the proposals for introducing licensing regulations in the construction sector, Simon Noakes, Chair of the RECs Construction Sector Group says:
 
There are more effective ways of addressing examples of bad practice in construction - the REC is committed to working with Government and with organisations such as the HSE on this. However, we do not support the development of a costly and hugely bureaucratic new licensing scheme that would not address the activities of rogue providers currently operating under the radar. The key is to ensure that existing Government inspectorates are co-ordinating their efforts and enforcing current regulations effectively.
 
Commenting ahead of Fridays scheduled debate in the House of Commons, Tom Hadley, REC Director of Policy, says:
 
The debate on extending licensing across the whole of the industry is dead. It is now a question of avoiding a patchwork quilt of regulations across different sectors. The last thing we need is yet more legislation at a time when recruiters are already having to implement the Agency Work Regulations and prepare for other changes such as pensions reform. The ongoing input and feedback of REC members has enabled us to make a strong case to Government, we are confident that the PMB will be kicked into the long grass.

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