Future of Regulation

Following the Public Bodies Review in 2010, the Government concluded that the SIA's functions needed to be reformed. When reaching this decision the Government considered the success of the SIA in reducing criminality in the private security industry and improving standards generally, as well as the industry's willingness to take on further responsibility and be more accountable for its own actions. The Government also considered how the current regulatory burden and cost on the industry could be reduced.


20 November 2012 - Home Office Consultation
The Home Office publishes a consultation document entitled Consultation on a Future Regulatory Regime for the Private Security Industry. The document proposes a regime in which individuals will continue to be licensed but the primary focus of the regulator will shift to a system of business regulation. The future status of the SIA is not considered.

Read about the response to this consultation

17 May 2012 - Northern Ireland Consultation
Northern Ireland's Department of Justice publishes a consultation document entitled Future Regulation of the Private Security Industry in Northern Ireland. The document focuses on three main areas:

  1. A review of the impact of SIA licensing since its introduction in December 2009.
  2. Options for future regulation of the private security industry in Northern Ireland.
  3. Northern Ireland specific issues.

Download the consultation response document (download size: 223kb)

October - November 2011 - SIA Roadshows
From 20 October to 22 November the SIA hosts a series of short briefings throughout the UK to explain the latest plans on the future of regulation for the private security industry. There are seven events, one at each of the following locations: Bristol, Glasgow, Northampton, Chester, York, London and Belfast.

12 October 2011 - SIA Conference: 'Commitment to Regulation'
This event focuses on the developing proposals for the new regulatory regime, outlines our progress since the last conference, and discusses the security requirements for the London Olympics and Paralympics Games 2012.

30 March 2011 - SIA Conference: 'Phased Transition to a New Regulatory Regime'
The conference considers plans and timescales for this transition, as well as examining security requirements for the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.

23 March 2011 - Committee Stage of the Public Bodies Bill
The SIA is removed from Schedule 1 of the Public Bodies Bill (subsequently, the Public Bodies Act 2011). The Government's intention is to bring forward new, separate legislation to develop and replace the SIA's regulatory regime.

14 October 2010 - Government Announcement
The Cabinet Office makes an announcement on the future of many public bodies. Its intention for the SIA was stated as: "Security Industry Authority - No Longer an NDPB - Phased transition to new regulatory regime". The exact nature of this new regulatory regime is yet to be determined. In the meantime the existing regulatory regime remains in place and existing laws continue to be enforced.