Government has progressed Martyn’s Law (formerly known as the Protect Duty) by publishing it as a draft legislation, with the aim to better protect and prepare the UK for terrorist attacks, keep people safe and enhance our national security.
Known officially as the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) draft bill, it will still be ‘subject to pre-legislative scrutiny by the Home Affairs Select Committee, ahead of formal introduction’. Then, following its passage through Parliament and when approved, Martyn’s Law will be applicable to all of the UK.
The draft bill was originally created in response to the 14 terrorist attacks on the UK since 2017, in particular the Manchester Arena bombing where Martyn Hett was among the 22 people killed. ‘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.’
A useful Martyn’s Law Factsheet has also been published.
SLCC is ready to work with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on the implications of this new legislation for local councils.