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Delayed inquiry report to demand extension of gangmasters legislation

The extension of the Gangmasters Licensing Act to cover the construction industry and the introduction of statutory directors duties are two key recommendations which are to be made in the final report of the inquiry into construction deaths.

The report has been described as “hard-hitting” by construction union Ucatt, which is understood to have seen the final document.

But concerns have today arisen over the publication of the report, with claims it could be delayed for a further two weeks.

The inquiry’s final recommendations were due to be released today, but the Department for Work and Pensions has now told Construction News they won’t be released until a later date.

Ucatt says it is concerned that the report has been delayed because “powerful vested interests inside and outside of Government are opposed to some of the report’s key recommendations and are seeking to have the report watered down”.

In addition to the comments on gangmasters and directors duties, the report is believed to make strong recommendations about the funding of the HSE, recommending an increase in inspector numbers – particularly within London.

The Department for Work and Pensions has refused to confirm when the report will be made public, saying nothing more than it was due to be released “imminently”.