Joint statement from the CIPR, PRCA and APPC
The Government’s new statutory register of lobbyists must be clarified so that potential registrants are able to comply with the law. Our members want clarity on the exact nature of activity that will trigger the requirement to register and about the cost of registration. By excluding all in-house lobbyists, and only triggering registration when a select group of policy-makers are lobbied, the result is that only a small fraction of lobbyists and policy-makers will be included in the statutory register, meaning the cost of registration risks being prohibitive.
We welcome that consultancies captured by the statutory register will have to declare whether they have signed up to a voluntary code. This is a positive step that for the first time provides statutory underpinning for existing self-regulatory regimes which are committed to integrity and upholding high ethical standards. However, despite the Government’s assurances, it is not clear how this will support existing voluntary registers, such as the UKPAC, APPC, CIPR and PRCA registers, which currently provide more information about lobbying than the Statutory Register will.
We would like to work closely with the Cabinet Office over the coming months to ensure that those responsible for implementing the legislation are both made aware of our members’ concerns and address any complexities and ambiguities that arise in the development and implementation of the new register.
Michael Burrell, Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC)
Alastair McCapra, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Francis Ingham, Director General of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA)
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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)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 the largest membership 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).