United Kingdom: Peterborough council fails to check all suppliers comply with Modern Slavery Act

An investigation by JPIMedia has revealed that of 70 suppliers to Peterborough City Council, only 68 have a modern slavery statement which is a legal requirement.

The same is true for 120 out of 124 suppliers to Cambridgeshire County Council, while all suppliers to Fenland and Huntingdonshire district councils have a statement.

Nationally, more than two-thirds of councils in England, Scotland and Wales use suppliers who are not complying with modern slavery legislation.

The 2015 Modern Slavery Act requires companies with an annual turnover of at least £36 million to publish annual statements outlining what steps they take to prevent modern slavery in their business or supply chains and publish it in a prominent place on their website.

But a JPIMedia investigation has found more than 1,000 such companies are supplying goods or services to local authorities despite failing to publish a statement.

Analysis of data published by TISCreport, which provides supply chain transparency tools to public sector bodies, has found that 254 of the 373 councils featured (68.1 per cent) are using companies that do not have a statement.

Derbyshire’s Amber Valley had the worst compliance rate at 75 per cent – although it was only using four suppliers that were required to comply with the act, of which one was not.

The original full article can be found at peterboroughtoday.co.uk


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