With the 2015 General Election taking place on Thursday 7 May, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched its Manifesto setting out the Association’s key ‘asks’ of the next Government and how the BSIA will build upon its existing influence to achieve these stated goals.
In terms of the result, this is the most difficult General Election to predict in over four decades with the future of regulation in the private security sector continuing to hang in the balance. On that basis, now is the time for the BSIA to place its stake firmly in the ground and ensure that the next Government is fully aware of the issues facing the security profession.
Speaking about the Manifesto, the BSIA’s CEO James Kelly commented: “With a new Government comes a whole new set of political contacts for the Association. As such, educating new MPs on the value of the private security industry is a crucial first step to take in forging new relationships.”
Representing over 70% of an industry presently worth more than £6 billion per annum to the national economy, the BSIA conducts an active political engagement programme which has the seen the Association host a number of cross-party Parliamentary Round Table meetings and attend the annual Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Party Conferences.
Kelly continued: “The security industry is worth the equivalent of around 0.5% of the UK’s GDP and employs more than 365,000 people across over one third of Parliamentary constituencies. Make no mistake that the security industry is absolutely key to the success of reforms across the public sector, while private security contracts are already delivering significant cost and efficiency savings to police forces right across the country. This enables better allocation of resources and more expenditure on vital front line areas including beat policing and custodial services.”
Detail within the BSIA’s Manifesto
Outlined in the BSIA’s Manifesto are five key ‘asks’ of the next Government, all of which are aimed at improving efficiencies within the security industry, raising standards and recognising the value that the security world brings to the nation in general. The five key ‘asks’ are:
*a political commitment to lighter-touch regulation with a transition to business licensing
*that the new Government should continue to minimise ticketing on Cash-in-Transit vehicles
*recognition of the value realised by police and private sector partnerships
*an increase inexport funding to ensure the UK remains a global leader
*an expansion of the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice to include privately-owned systems
This Manifesto is a clear mission outlining the Trade Association’s intention to work alongside the next Government on a range of issues directly affecting the private security industry.
What’s more, these clear goals outline the BSIA’s political engagement programme, as well as defining the key ways in which the next Government can ably support the security business sector.
*View the BSIA’s Manifesto in full here