The Government is committed to listening to the views of businesses and premises to ensure the law stands the test of time and is accessible, proportionate and deliverable for smaller venues.
That is why ahead of introducing the Bill in Parliament, the Government has launched a consultation on the standard tier to ensure the Bill’s measures strike the right balance between public protection and avoiding undue burdens on smaller premises. This follows concerns raised about the implications of the standard tier through the pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill earlier this year.
The consultation seeks to understand the views of organisations and the general public as to whether the updated approach:
- Sets out the Government’s requirements for the Standard Tier in a clearer, more understandable way; and
- Is better suited to the wide variety of organisations within the Standard Tier, to ensure that requirements are appropriate and proportionate.
- The updated approach to standard tier being consulted on now means that those responsible for Standard Tier premises must:
- Notify the Regulator that they are, or have become, responsible for premises within scope of the Bill (and so subject to the relevant requirements). This remains broadly in line with previous requirements.
- Have in place procedural measures that could be expected to reduce, so far as reasonably practicable, the risk of physical harm to individuals at the premises in the event of an attack. These relate only to the procedures to be followed by people working at the premises in the event of an attack occurring or being suspected as about to occur. As the procedural measures are about procedures for responding to an attack or suspected attack, it is not expected or required that physical alterations be undertaken or additional equipment purchased for Standard Tier premises.
- In contrast to the published draft Bill, there is no requirement to complete a specified form (the ‘Standard Terrorism Evaluation’) for Standard Tier premises or ensure that people working at the premises are given any specific training. However, as part of putting in place the procedural measures, workers will need to be sufficiently instructed or trained to carry them out effectively.
The six-week consultation was launched on 05 February and will close on 18 March. You can find more information on the updated approach and submit your views here.