Martyn’s Law is pending legislation which has arisen as a result of the Manchester terrorist attack in May 2017. Martyn’s law aims to protect public venues in order to reduce the risk of terrorism.
Once enacted, the legislation will place stricter legal obligations on venues and the security industry in terms of adequately training staff and imposing preventative measures to deal with potential future terrorist incidents.
The bill is expected to be passed in December 2023 and applies to venues to which the public have access. The obligations placed on them vary, dependant on the type and size of venue.
It is therefore likely that this new legislation may apply to some charities, including village halls, community centres, community sports clubs, and any other charities which have facilities generally open to the public.
The recommendations of Martyn’s Law are as follows:
- Any public premises with a maximum capacity of 100 people or more are within the standard tier;
- Any public premises and events with a maximum capacity of 800 or more people are within the enhanced tier;
- Those premises with capacity of under 100 should have access to training and guidance, should they wish.
Those premises within the standard tier must undertake basic, low cost-activities. This should be geared towards improving preparation to both limit and respond to terrorist attacks, including terrorism protection training and assessing any procedure required to minimise impact.
Those premises within the enhanced tier will be subject to more onerous obligations, including the appointment of a senior officer who must review the security of the venue on a regular basis. Obligations include ensuring a terrorism risk assessment is carried out prior to the qualifying public event, and the implementation of security measures and security plans.
Failure to comply with the requirements of Martyn’s Law will lead to issuing of sanctions and penalties.
The bill captures premises used for retail, sports grounds, entertainment and leisure, museums and galleries, places of worship, museums and galleries, and health and education. It is therefore worthwhile for charities to be aware of the new regulations coming into force around December 2023.
Further information about Martyn’s Law and the requirements for organisations will be provided in the upcoming months.