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 in...Read more from this release