Is your local council venue covered by Martyn's Law?
The government has updated its guidance on the proposed Martyn's Law (Protect Duty) which is due to ensure 'stronger protections against terrorism in public places' and will be applicable to all of the UK.
The proposed law is in response to the 14 terrorist attacks on the UK since 2017, and the aim is to keep people safe, enhance our national security and 'reduce the risk to the public from terrorism by the protection of public venues.'
'It will place a requirement on those responsible for certain locations to consider the threat from terrorism and implement appropriate and proportionate mitigation measures. The legislation will ensure parties are prepared, ready to respond and know what to do in the event of an attack. Better protection will be delivered through enhanced security systems, staff training, and clearer processes.'
Premises will be drawn into the scope of the Duty if they meet the following three tests:
- That the premises is an eligible one – i.e., building or event with a defined boundary.
- That a qualifying activity takes place at the location; and
- That the maximum occupancy of the premises meets a specified threshold – either 100+ or 800+
A date hasn't been announced for when this will become law – NALC and SLCC will continue to monitor news from the government and report back as soon as they have more information.
Before the law is passed, clerks are being encouraged to complete the following FREE online training – Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) and to ensure colleagues are first aid trained.
Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2023 17:33 by Jake Atkinson