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HMRC internal manual

Labour Provider Guidance

Stakeholders: external bodies: Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (web) (GLAA) (previously the Gangmasters Licensing Authority) is a non-departmental public body governed by an independent Board. Their licensing scheme regulates businesses who provide workers to the fresh produce supply chain and horticulture industry, including agriculture, horticulture, forestry, shellfish gathering and any associated processing and packaging business, to make sure they meet the employment standards required by law and to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.

A GLAA Licence is required for any employment agency, labour provider or gangmaster who provides workers to these trade sectors.

The GLA was established by the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 (this was reformed and renamed to the GLAA in May 2016 when UK Parliament approved a new Immigration Act); Section 19 of the GLA Act 2004 allows specified officers in HMRC to share information with the GLAA in certain circumstances. The GLAA 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.