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Update on the future of the AALA - January 2016

 All providers

There have been no changes to the licensing arrangements at this time so it is ‘business as usual’ for adventure activity providers. Providers of activities in scope of the current arrangements must still hold a valid licence.

Situation in England

HM Government have published - Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation (December 2015) which says – “To support the outdoors activities sector and to give government and Sport England a clearer policy role in encouraging outdoor activities, responsibility for the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) is likely to move from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and the organisation will be reformed to make its focus the active encouragement of greater levels of outdoor activity, beyond simply its licensing.”

We are now starting work on developing the process for any transfer of AALA for England, including a timetable. We will work with DCMS to ensure providers are informed in good time of any transitional arrangements and decisions they need to make.

Situation in Scotland

The Scottish Government have decided to retain a statutory regime for adventure activities. Work has begun to make the necessary legislative changes to transfer powers over adventure activities licencing to Scottish Ministers. There is presently no date for any changes to take place as these will be subject to Parliamentary processes.

Once the timings and nature of any changes are clear, we will work with the Scottish Government to ensure providers are informed in good time of any transitional arrangements and decisions they need to make.

Situation in Wales

The Welsh Government also intends to retain a statutory regime for adventure activities. We will continue to work with them as any future arrangements for adventure activities are developed.

Once the timings and nature of any changes are clear, we will work with the Welsh Government to ensure providers are informed in good time of any transitional arrangements and decisions they need to make.

Information for users

If you are planning to use a provider offering activities within scope, you should still check they hold a valid licence. Once future arrangements are clear, we will provide updated information on how to check the status of activity providers.