Rights & Responsibilities
Modern Slavery Act
The legislation significantly enhances support and protection for victims, gives law enforcement the tools they need to target today's slave drivers, ensures perpetrators can be severely punished, and includes a world leading provision to encourage business to take action to ensure their end-to-end supply chains are slavery free.
Duty to notify
Specific public authorities have a duty to notify the secretary of state of any person identified in England and Wales as a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. This applies to the following public authorities at the time of publication:
(a) a chief officer of police for a police area,
(b) the chief constable of the British Transport Police Force,
(c) the National Crime Agency,
(d) a county council,
(e) a county borough council,
(f) a district council,
(g) a London borough council,
(h) the Greater London Authority,
(i) the Common Council of the City of London,
(j) the Council of the Isles of Scilly,
(k) the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.
Please always consider passing information to Hampshire Constabulary using the 'Community Partnership Information Form' which can be downloaded from our Contact Us page.
Advisements on Modern Slavery Act for law enforcement agencies
An initial package of Modern Slavery Act 2015 measures came into force on 31 July 2015. These provisions apply to England and Wales only.
Recognise Modern Slavery in supply chains and businesses
A provision was introduced to the Modern Slavery Bill in November 2014 that will require businesses with over a certain level of turnover to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.
In this statement a business must describe the steps they have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of their supply chains or their own business, or they must disclose that they have taken no such steps.
The Modern Slavery Bill also allows for the Home Secretary to produce statutory guidance to help businesses to comply with this requirement. In February 2015 the Home Office were seeking the views on what level of turnover a business should be required to have for this provision to apply.
EEA/Non-EEA immigration position
Below is information on what financial support individuals may be entitled to depending on their nationality and whether they are from within the EU or not.
|British||EU National without additional status*||Non-EU National without additional status*|
|Entitled to work||Entitled to work||Entitled to housing and £36 per week if they first make an asylum claim|
|Entitled to welfare benefits including housing benefit, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, child benefits||Entitled to welfare benefits for limited time IF they meet criteria||Entitled to housing and food vouchers if failed asylum seeker and appealing decision|
|Not entitled to further benefits|
*Additional status - refers to Leave to Remain in some form e.g. Refugee Status, Discretionary Leave to Remain, etc.
Officially recognised Potential Victims of Trafficking are entitled to temporary housing, financial subsistence, and specialist support for 45 days under the National Referral Mechanism.