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News - 24 February 2005

Brighton Door Supervisors in SIA Licenses dilemma

The introduction of a licensing scheme by the Securities Industry Authority (SIA) for security personnel is causing problems for Brighton & Hove clubs and bars.

The deadline for all door supervisors to be examined, tested, registered and badged is next Tuesday but hundreds of staff in the city will not meet the deadline and technically they, and their employers, face fines of up to £5,000 or six months in prison together with a 5 year ban from working in the industry.

Every club or bar with an entertainment licence has to have a certain number of door staff determined by the capacity of the venue. The official Sussex Police policy is that door staff cannot work without a badge from the 1st March but this will leave dozens of venues facing the prospect of breaking the law of closing until their staff can be registered. Because the sector is under extreme financial pressure some venues may be tempted to take a chance and operate without qualified staff rather than suspend their business activity.

The cost of the licence application is £190 but payment for training will be required on top of this fee and many door supervisors have to bear the cost themselves. It is estimated that up to 25% of the industry will not pass the exam either due to poor literacy and numeracy or previous criminal convictions.

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