CIPR launches lobbying survey to mark 10 year anniversary of Lobbying Act

The CIPR has launched an industry-wide survey to get the views of public relations and public affairs professionals on the impact of lobbying legislation in Westminster.

The survey is being launched ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (the Lobbying Act). The Act was introduced to improve transparency of lobbying in the UK and saw the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (ORCL) established.

The survey can be completed anonymously and takes around 5 minutes to fill in. It seeks the views of UK lobbyists as well as those interested in ethics and standards in politics on the impact of the Act and recent lobbying scandals, whether it has succeeded in improving transparency, and what the appetite is for further measures and reform.

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive

The high expectations that the Lobbying Act would improve transparency in our politics have not been realised. By any measure, the Act has failed in its mission. Others may disagree but it was always the CIPR's view that it would. Ten years on, we want to better understand the impact it has had on the lobbying profession and what the appetite is for change. It is a very short survey but will help inform our engagement with politicians as we continue to lobby for better, fairer, and more effective regulation.

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive

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Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with over 10,000 members.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).