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

by Brian Sims

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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