Security Industry Authority launches consultation on Approved Contractor Scheme eligibility criteria requirements

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching a consultation on the revised eligibility and ‘fit and proper’ criteria requirements for private security businesses seeking approval to the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). The criteria have been updated as part of the fundamental review of the scheme.

A new publication entitled ‘Get Approved’ has been produced which contains all of the eligibility criteria requirements for the ACS. The SIA is seeking views on the new document before Friday 16 November.

Read ‘Get Approved’ and click here to take part in the consultation. The changes to the ACS will take effect on 1 April 2019.

Evidence from the extensive review of the ACS suggested that the SIA did not need to make fundamental changes to the scheme. However, it was clear from the responses that there are opportunities to make improvements.

The eligibility and ‘fit and proper’ criteria has been revised to ensure that only sound, sustainable and credible security companies are able to join the scheme.

An enhanced scrutiny has been introduced to give clients and local enforcement partners the necessary assurance that they’re working with some of the best-run businesses in the industry.

In addition, the SIA is taking a firmer approach with PAYE. Approved Contractors must give justification and evidence as to why their staff are not PAYE. This will help to make certain that businesses are employing staff on the right basis, ensuring compliance with tax and employment law and that employees of Approved Contractors enjoy proper employment rights.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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