Six-week Martyn’s Law consultation launched

Introducing Martyn's Law: A Balanced Approach to Counter-Terrorism Preparedness

The government is initiating a consultation on new legislation aimed at enhancing preparedness and protection against terrorist attacks, with a focus on ensuring the public’s safety without overburdening small businesses. This initiative, known as Martyn’s Law, is inspired by Martyn Hett, a victim of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, and seeks to mandate premises to adopt necessary, yet manageable, security measures based on their size and capacity.

Martyn’s Law proposes categorizing premises into two tiers: ‘Standard Tier’ for those with a capacity of 100-799 and ‘Enhanced Tier’ for those accommodating 800 or more individuals. The consultation, particularly interested in feedback from small business operators and community and voluntary sector organizations, aims to refine the approach for the Standard Tier to ensure it is practical and not overly burdensome.

“Simple steps save lives. Martyn’s Law will help protect the British public from terrorism, and make sure public premises are better prepared in the event of a terror attack. “I want to make sure that our proposals are balanced and proportionate. That’s why our updated approach is easy to implement, and better tailored to individual businesses. “I’d encourage smaller premises to share their feedback on these crucial changes. Your feedback will help ensure that Martyn’s Law stands the test of time.”

The proposed adjustments focus on outcome-based requirements rather than prescriptive processes, such as specific terrorism training mandates. Instead, premises will be encouraged to develop emergency procedures, including evacuation and lock-in protocols, tailored to their unique circumstances. This ‘reasonably practicable’ strategy aligns with existing regulatory frameworks like Health and Safety, emphasizing feasible and appropriate measures.

A dedicated Martyn’s Law regulator will oversee compliance and support premises subject to the law, including a requirement for Standard Tier premises to register their compliance. The approach aims to minimize financial impact, primarily involving staff communication efforts.

The public consultation is open until 18 March, inviting insights to ensure the legislation is both effective in enhancing public safety and considerate of the operational realities of smaller entities. Following the consultation, the legislation will be introduced to Parliament when scheduling permits, marking a significant step towards a safer and more resilient public space.

The Consultation is Now Live

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