The British Beer and Pub Association has slammed the Security Industry Authority over its refusal to compromise as the deadline for doorstaff to apply for licences approaches. By April 11 it will be an offence to work as a door supervisor without a licence from the SIA yet trade bodies believe that when the deadline is passed the industry will be 83,000 people short. BBPA director Mark Hastings told the Morning Advertiser the trade has made "three constructive proposals", which the SIA has ignored. The proposals are thought to be extending the deadline, introducing interim powers like provisional licenses, or a fast track scheme. Hastings said: "The SIA is excelling itself in turning a deaf ear to every proposal put forward. It does not worry them one jot that there will be a shortage of qualified doorstaff, but the clear implication of this is that the safety of the community will be jeopardised." Mary Hennessy of the SIA said the deadline would not be extended. "We are frankly appalled that the SIA is being used as a scapegoat. What have they done to ensure their door supervisors have had the appropriate training?" she said. Hennessy accused the trade of being "unprofessional" and said that the SIA had proof that applications were being left until the last minute.