09 February 2016
All non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), like the SIA, are subject to periodic substantive reviews. A review of the SIA began on 11 January this year and is being undertaken as part of the Government's commitment to regular and rigorous reviews of the function and form of public bodies, to improve transparency, accountability and to maximise value for money for the taxpayer.
The SIA review is being carried out on behalf of the Secretary of State by a senior Home Office official who is independent of both the SIA and its sponsorship unit in the Home Office.
All private security industry stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to the review process by completing an online survey.
The deadline for responses is 12pm on 18 February. Access the survey
The call for evidence is open to all interested parties but in particular those with a direct interest in the work of the SIA including employers and employees, local authorities, police forces, other Government departments, the devolved administrations and professional bodies.
SIA Chief Executive Alan Clamp said:
“The purpose of the review is to identify what we do well, what changes might be required and areas where we could be more effective and efficient. This is why we encourage everyone who is involved in the private security industry, at whatever level, to complete the call for evidence. This is your industry and this is an opportunity for you to have a say on how the SIA carries out its regulatory duties.”
Access the survey (Deadline for responses 12pm 18 February):
Further information on the SIA:
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.*
Comments made in response to the call for evidence will be considered by the Review Team and will inform the final report to Home Office Ministers. The report will be laid in the Libraries of the Houses of Parliament and published on the GOV.UK website in late spring 2016
- A new section on the SIA website has been created entitled ‘Review of the SIA’ that contains further information on the scope of the review. It also includes a new publication ‘SIA Annual Review 2014-15: Improving Standards and Protecting the Public’.
- For further information about the SIA or to sign up for email updates visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).
* NSI is an Assessing Body for the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). Organisations are welcome to contact NSI to discuss their ACS requirements.