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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

The Council's responsibility

The Council recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to modern slavery and human trafficking.  Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of human rights. It is constituted in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 by the offences of 'slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour' and 'human trafficking'.

The Council has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and human trafficking in any part of the business or supply chains. The Council is responsible for ensuring that any activity as an employer and service provider safeguards people from this risk. As commissioner of activity delivered on our behalf, the Council is also responsible for ensuring that suppliers and service providers can evidence that they are actively mitigating risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in their own business and supply chains.

The Council also has a duty to notify the Secretary of State of suspected victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, in accordance with Section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.