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FLEX submission to the Regulatory Reform Committee on the Government’s deregulation agenda

April 2018

This submission sets the backdrop to modern slavery in the UK and the official response, it outlines the UK’s international commitments to tackle modern slavery in general and labour exploitation in particular. It examines the threat to the aims of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the UK’s commitment to tackle modern slavery posed by deregulation, including: cuts to resources for UK labour inspectorates; curtailment of labour inspectors’ powers to proactively identify cases of labour abuse and exploitation; and reductions to regulations protecting workers from threats to their labour rights such as accident recording and employment tribunals’ wider recommendation making powers.