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Government publish Martyn’s Law factsheet Published Date: 05/01/2023

The Home Office has issued a fact sheet, setting out more detail on the proposed Protect Duty. 

The fact sheet, issued on 19 December 2022, includes more details on the impending Protect Duty Bill, also known as Martyn’s Law.

The Government explained that the proposed Martyn’s Law will seek to:

"...improve the safety and security of our citizens so they can enjoy public premises without fear of terrorism by improving protective security and organisational preparedness at a wide range of locations across the UK. It is emphatically in the public interest for the Government and business to work together to ensure people are protected when visiting venues, retail areas, and other publicly accessible venues without introducing undue burden. Those responsible will be required to consider the threat from terrorism and implement appropriate, proportionate mitigation measures. The two primary objectives for Martyn’s Law will be to i) clarify who is responsible for security activity at locations in scope, thereby increasing accountability; and ii) improve outcomes UK-wide so that security activity is delivered to a consistent level. An inspection and enforcement regime will seek to educate, advise, and ensure compliance with Martyn’s Law."

The factsheet provides more detailed information on the Bill's scope, tiered model, how the Bill will be implemented and enforcement.