GLA has revoked more than double the number of licences in 2011

GLA has revoked more than double the number of licences in 2011
30th Sep 2011

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority has revoked more than double the number of licences in 2011 than it did in the same period last year.

32 licences have been revoked in the first eight months of the year compared to 15 in 2010. This is despite a slight fall in compliance activity with 84 completed inspections compared to 91.    

Most licensing decisions appear to be proportionate and well-reasoned; however there are some which may provide grounds for appeal.

The GLA had initially taken the position that where a particular non-compliance by a labour provider breaches two or more licensing standards then this is recorded against each licensing standard.

Appeal against a licence revocation the Appointed Person determined that this was not a correct interpretation by the GLA and that duplications should not count towards the compliance overall score or towards the revocation of a licence.

In effect labour providers were penalised twice (or more) for one non-compliant issue.

The GLA confirmed at the Labour Provider User Group meeting on 16 May 2007 that it would no longer double count a single non-compliant issue against more than one licensing standard.

The GLA has recently reconfirmed that this principle remains but adding a caveat that a non-compliant practice may result in more than one standard being failed. This would reflect a situation in which failures reflect distinct issues and will be for seperate reasons. 

 

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