SLCC Chief Executive, Rob Smith, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, on 31 October about the progress of the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) draft Bill, also known as Martyn’s Law. The letter was forwarded to the Home Office and SLCC has now received an official response emphasising the government’s commitment to improving the safety and security of public venues via this proposed legislation. All of this was reaffirmed within the King’s Speech on 7 November. The Home Office is launching a further public consultation on the standard tier (premises with a capacity of between 100 – 799) ahead of the Bill’s introduction. This will ensure that new measures strike the right balance between public protection and avoiding disproportionate burdens on premises.
SLCC has been working closely with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Home Office on this new legislation, including a recent meeting with civil servants. We are co-hosting a joint webinar: ‘Martyn’s Law: where are we now’ on Thursday 16 November from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. This free event will highlight where Martyn’s Law is at in terms of its legislative journey, look at potential measures that town, parish and community councils may have to implement, and provide practical tips to assist councils in preventing terrorism in their local areas.