An independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has been instructed by the government. The review is indented to identify the social and economic costs of modern slavery and also reveal any areas that require improvement. Figures provide that in the year to March 2017, it is estimated that the cost of modern slavery to the UK was in the region of £3.3 billion and £4.3 billion.
The protection provided to victims has increased since the introduction of the Act due to greater powers of the police and law enforcement. It is also a requirement that any company with an annual turnover of £36 million is to report on methods used to prevent slavery within their supply chains.
The review will last until March 2019.