Consultation on Primary Authority Partnerships relating to Devolved Regulatory Responsibilities of Local Authorities (Scotland)

Consultation on Primary Authority Partnerships relating to Devolved Regulatory Responsibilities of Local Authorities (Scotland)

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on Primary Authority Partnerships. However, unlike England and Wales, currently their Primary Authority proposals only allow businesses to set up Primary Authorities, not trade associations.

Primary Authority allows a business operating in two or more local authorities to form a legally recognised partnership with one local authority in order to receive tailored advice and support in relation to a range of regulatory functions. Primary Authority helps ensure local regulation is consistent and delivers efficiencies for both business and regulators.

England and Wales have already introduced Primary Authority schemes and ACS has launched a series of Assured Advice Guides under the law of Primary Authority. ACS Assured Advice has been developed for convenience store owners by ACS and Surrey County Council. By signing up to our Assured Advice scheme and following the guidance, your store procedures must be respected by ALL local enforcement officers including environmental health, police and trading standards. More information about ACS' Assured Advice can be found here: http://www.acs.org.uk/advice/

The Scottish Government consultation can be viewed here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/04/1951

ACS' submission to Government can be viewed via the link below.

In their response, ACS has highlighted the success of existing Primary Authority partnerships administered by trade associations in England and Wales, including ACS’ own Primary Authority 'Assured Advice' scheme, and called for the same provisions to be made in Scotland. ACS also expressed support for carrier bag charging and alcohol licensing to be included within the scope of Primary Authority.


ACS' submission: