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UKHCA responds to plan to extend labour supply licensing to social care 24/10/2017

The new Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Professor Sir David Metcalf CBE, whose remit includes the Gangmasters' Labour Abuse Authority, has recently consulted on proposals to extend licensing to the social care sector. This would require the agencies and labour providers who supply labour to social care providers, and social care providers who employ labour directly, to obtain a license and be subject to inspection. It would be a criminal offence to source labour from an unlicensed provider.

UKHCA has submitted a response broadly supporting the proposal for an Intelligence Hub and offering to contribute our research findings. We pointed out that most social care providers are already statutorily regulated and so licensing would amount to duplication. We suggested that the Gangmasters' Labour Abuse Authority should instead enter into a memorandum of understanding with care regulators in each UK administration to identify issues and geographical areas where employment practice may be unsatisfactory, and for information sharing.

The full consultation is here, summary of questions / issues in scope here. UKHCA's response

ID 234337

The consultation period has ended. See how UKHCA responded. Link opens in a new window

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