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This guidance is about compliance with the Register of Consultant
Lobbyists, in the context of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (the Act). It forms the second tranche of guidance to support those that need to comply with the requirements of the legislation, and sets out the approach I intend to take to ensure that the requirements of the legislation are properly and fully implemented.
It is important that Directors recognise their responsibilities to ensure that information held in the Register about their companies is kept up to date; that they have good corporate governance processes that do not fail with a change of staff and that quarterly returns and requests for annual fee payments are completed and submitted on time.
My approach to compliance is intended to be both proportionate and reasonable:
I will continue to support and encourage potential registrants who are unsure whether their communications are defined as consultant lobbying in the context of this legislation and working in partnership with them to build experience and compliance. In addition to guidance and regular communications updates, I will continue to undertake round table events with stakeholder groups and answer questions personally and in writing with individual registrants and those who consider they might need to register.
This guidance now recognises the situation that in the event such engagement and
support proves to be unsuccessful, I have a range of civil and criminal powers
available to me to enable me to enforce the law. I will use those powers should it prove necessary to do so.
If you need support or have a question, please contact my Office.
Alison J. White