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The trade body the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) reports that it has accepted an invitation by the Home Office to become a member of the Challenge Group. That’s to steer the direction of the review of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) that began in January 2016.


The SIA’s review was launched via a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) and will be led by Tony Regan, a senior Home Office official with experience of non-departmental public bodies (which the SIA is). The review is a Cabinet Office requirement for all arms-length bodies and will consider the functions of the SIA and how they are delivered.

The BSIA, as a member of the Challenge Group, will be given the opportunity to test and comment on the findings of the review before publication.

James Kelly, pictured, CEO of the BSIA, said: “It makes a lot of sense for the private security industry trade body to be involved at an early stage of the review. Our industry needs an effective and modern Authority and we want to help shape it.”

The association adds that it will consult all its members on the future of the SIA and will provide the Challenge Group with a united voice on its position. The first Challenge Group meeting is scheduled for January 29.


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