GLAA temporary licensing scheme ends

A temporary licensing scheme launched by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in March to meet a predicted urgent demand will end this week.

From 1 June, the GLAA will not accept any further applications for the scheme, and any incomplete temporary licence applications in process will be cancelled, the authority said. 

As of today (28 May), the GLAA had issued three temporary licences since the scheme’s launch. “The small number of current temporary licence holders will receive advice setting out how to proceed in seeking a substantive licence,” the GLAA said in a statement.

Existing temporary licences will expire three months after they were granted.

The scheme was created by the GLAA as the UK moved into lockdown, with some sectors of business effectively shutting down and others needing to draw in greater volumes of workers quickly.

GLAA director Dan Scully said: “From the start, we knew that the scheme was always going to be a time-limited emergency measure and through discussions with key stakeholders, we have come to the conclusion that it is no longer required.”

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