PCC response to the publication of the interim Independent Review of the Modern Day Slavery Act (23 Jan 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is also the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) lead on Modern Slavery. In response to the publication of the interim Independent Review of the Modern Day Slavery Act he said:

"Only last week was I giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) to help better shape the national approach to Modern Day Slavery.

"The recommendations published within the interim Independent Review largely mirror many of my own observations, particularly around the role of businesses and their supply chains, which we have discussed at the National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network (NATMSN)

"I also welcome the proposal to embed the reporting of modern day slavery into business culture and to increase transparency, as it will ensure there is no hiding place for this type of activity and unseen harm and abuses that are potentially masked.

"We must, however, look towards a mechanism that allows us to monitor the compliance of businesses and ways to enforce this in a workable way.

"There has already been much discussion at a strategic level, between Police and Crime Commissioners and various stakeholders, specifically in terms of which sectors it applies to and which body is responsible.

"As the review identifies, there is a clear need for Government to take the lead in implementing the recommendations and to extend the scope of this work right through to the public sector as well.

"Offering a statement of intent is one thing, but what ultimately makes a difference, is the action being taken and I fully support anything that will take us forward in tackling these horrific crimes and abuses."

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