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UK government removes forestry and land agents from gangmaster red tape

The UK government has announced that forestry businesses and land agents will no longer need licences from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) to use temporary workers.

Agriculture Minister Jim Paice announced that the GLA is to focus on protecting the most vulnerable temporary workers from exploitation while freeing those in low-risk sectors such as forestry and land agency from gangmaster regulation.

The Defra press release states that “The GLA will remove unnecessary regulatory burdens and costs for responsible employers. It will also no longer regulate certain low-risk sectors where there are far fewer vulnerable workers or evidence of any criminal gangmaster operations…such as apprenticeships, forestry, specialist cleaning contract companies, land agents and voluntary workers”.

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