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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

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South & Channel Islands Regional Events

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AALA renewals clarification
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AALA renewals clarification

Following a number of providers receiving their AALA licence renewal notice, questions have been raised about the need to pay a fee to the UK Government when limited to no income has been generated from the provision of adventurous activities by many providers. UKOutdoors have approached HSE for clarification.

In summary, there is no option to defer or suspend the licence fee whilst still providing the inspection service and issuing licences, as the requirement to pay the fee is written into the AALA legislation (Regulation 4.c.).  Changing this would require a change in the legislation.

When a license holder gets their renewal notice it includes an invitation for them to ring the HSE team if they think they’re going to have problems renewing and a number have done so over the past 10 months.  There are a couple of suspension options available to the HSE but they are dependent on a full understanding of implications for the provider, require the licence not to be a 3 year one and can only be applied if the provider is approaching renewal anyway.

Providers are encouraged to contact the HSE team when their renewal notice arrives and they consider a suspension of the licence and its fee may be an appropriate option, or simply would like advice on licence renewal.

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Contact IOL South & Channel Islands

Chair  -  Bryn Beach - Email Bryn

Secretary - Martin Robinson

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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