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HMRC internal manual

Labour Provider Guidance

Stakeholders: external bodies: Gangmasters Licensing Authority

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (web) (GLA) is a non departmental public body within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The authority regulates businesses that provide workers to the fresh produce supply chain and horticulture industry, to make sure they meet the employment standards required by law.

A GLA Licence is required for any employment agency, labour provider (LP) or gangmaster who provides workers to the trade sectors of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Shellfish gathering and Food and drink processing and packaging

The GLA was created by the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004; Section 19 of this Act allows specified officers in HMRC to share information with the GLA in certain circumstances. The GLA and HMRC have many overlapping areas of work, and we should take every opportunity to share information with them, provided this is done in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is in place.