Published: 10 January 2022 by Andy Grimsey
The government today has published its response to the Protect Duty public consultation, which ran from 26 February to 2 July 2021.
The Protect Duty has been championed by victims’ groups, including the Martyn’s Law campaign, which was established by Figen Murray following the tragic loss of her son, Martyn, in the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.
The government’s response can be found here
Nearly 2,800 responses were received from a variety of organisations, sectors and campaigners, with, according to the government, the majority supporting the government’s proposals to introduce stronger measures, including a legal requirement for some public places to ensure preparedness for and protection from terrorist attacks.
There is currently no legislative requirement for organisations or venues to consider or employ security measures at the vast majority of public places. The consultation sought views from private and public sector partners on a requirement for certain publicly accessible locations to implement security measures, without placing undue burden on smaller businesses, and what support would be required from government.
The government says it will continue to engage with a range of stakeholders and other government departments as well as using the feedback from the consultation to further develop the legislation, which will be introduced to Parliament at the earliest opportunity.
The government further announced a new interactive online platform, to be launched this year, which will provide a central digital location for advice, guidance, e-learning and other helpful content for organisations.
The government published some key conclusions from the consultation, including:
The government Press Release can be found here
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