In July 2019 the UK Government released it’s response to the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which was published earlier in the year. The Review appointed experts to advise on the following four sections of the act, making a total of 80 recommendations:
- The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (s 40-44)
- Transparency in Supply Chains (s 54)
- Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (s 48)
- Legal Application (specifically s 3 on the meaning of exploitation, s 8-10
on Slavery and Trafficking Reparation Orders and s 45 on the statutory defence).
The response to the Independent Review sets out several actions the UK Government will be taking to address some of the recommendations, including the launching of a public consultation about transparency in supply chains and the development of a new modern slavery policy and evidence centre.
The full UK Government response can be found here.