Representation and lobbying
The BSIA works closely with Government to ensure that the views and concerns of its members are taken into account in the development of legislation, and in subsequent amendments and clarification.
A busy programme of political engagement is at the heart of the BSIA's activities, and sees the BSIA organise regular contact meetings and Parliamentary roundtables, as well as attending the major political party conferences.
The regulation of the security guarding industry through the Private Security Industry Act (2001) followed over a decade of BSIA lobbying, and in more recent years, the Association has provided input into a wide range of legislation - including the Protection of Freedoms Act (2012) - while continuing to represent the industry's views on regulatory change as part of the Security Regulation Alliance.
The BSIA has also been heavily involved in interpreting and seeking clarification on the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act. This legislation has a significant impact in areas such as CCTV and information destruction. Social legislation has also been very much to the fore in recent years. In relation to the working time regulations for example, the BSIA has sought to ensure that its members have an in-depth understanding of how clauses affect their type of businesses.
While lobbying Government to ensure that members do not face unreasonable burdens in a demanding commercial environment, we have also undertaken educational programmes so that clients understand the importance of good working conditions and pay rates in attaining a high quality of service.