Cabinet Office sets out fees to register as a Consultant Lobbyist

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
We welcome the timely clarification of the fee structure for the register and believe the Cabinet Office has taken a sensible position in keeping the fees at less than £800 per annum. However, we think it is neither right nor fair that sole traders will have to absorb the same overhead as a significant agency. The exemption of those who are not VAT registered compounds this problem, creating an incentive to keep their businesses below the threshold.
Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive

The fees explained:

  • No organisation or sole trader appearing on the statutory register will pay more than £750 in the first year
  • The fee is divided between an annual charge, set at a maximum of £700, and further administration/processing costs, up to a total of £750
  • Refunds on the annual charge will be given to registrants who no longer have a requirement to be registered
Notes to editors

Notes to editors

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