CIPR publish new member guide to political activity and communications in a general election
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has published a member exclusive guide to permitted political activities and communications during a general election.
The guidance - 'General Election 2019; Political Activity and Communications Guide' - summarises four pieces of legislation and provides overall guidance for businesses as well as specific dos and don’ts for charities and local government.
The regulated period, as set by the Electoral Commission, has begun and organisations must ensure their staff abide by these laws. Much of this regulated activity is relevant to public relations practitioners and concerns how an organisation can campaign during this period and how that activity is paid for.
This is a welcome summary of complex legislation. The rules surrounding electoral law are now, more than ever, under increased scrutiny. As PR professionals we have a duty to ensure we comply with the law as it exists and act ethically and in the public interest during this period.
About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is by far the biggest member organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.
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).