EIF Primary Authority Update

Further to meetings with officials from BEIS and Liverpool, EIF is close to drawing up a formal agreement for the Purple Guide to be brought within the Primary Authority scheme, which will hopefully be finalised over the summer. Under the agreement, member organisations will be able to opt in or out of the EIF scheme.

In terms of guidance, the intention is that the Primary Authority will issue Assured Advice where issues relate specifically to legislation and formal guidance where it relates to non-legislative issues. Where Assured Advice is issued it will be registered with the Primary Authority scheme which makes it difficult for other authorities to challenge.

As a leading member of EIF, TESA members will have full access to the EIF Primary Authority agreement and will be able to use it as an arbitration facility if issues arise over the interpretation of the Purple Guide.

At the same time, EIF is working with central and local government to establish the Purple Guide as the national standard for outdoor events.

If you would like further information about this, please contact Director Jim Winship at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CCTV Operator Licensing

Among the Manchester Arena Inquiry recommendations is a proposal that employees of any business that uses CCTV and who might access footage should be licensed. This is not just those whose job it is to monitor CCTV footage, but anyone else in the business who just occasionally reviews the CCTV (live or post-incident), even if reviewing CCTV is not really part of their job.

At this stage, there is no information about what the licence requirements could look like; if they would come at a cost; or if this would require training, ID checks, etc.    To establish views on this, the Home Office has issued a survey through Plus4 to gather views on this which you might like to complete: www.plus4.co.uk/manchesterarena