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Frequently asked questions

Please find below a series of frequently asked questions designed to help registrants understand the practicalities of registration.

How much will I need to pay to join the Register?
How do I renew my registration for 2017?
How do I log on to the Register?
How do I reset my password?
When is the Register updated?
How do I upload a list of my organisation’s partners to the Register?
How do I change the names on my organisation’s list of partners?
How do I make changes to my quarterly return once I have submitted it?
How do I leave the Register?

How much will I need to pay to join the Register?

The registration fee for 2017 is £950 (plus £12.50 per quarterly return).

The Cabinet Office determines the fee. This includes the costs associated with maintaining the Register and processing registration and quarterly return information.

The amount paid is calculated based on the number of days left in the calendar year.

Payments are also subject to transaction charges from the payment mechanism providers:

  • Credit cards: 2% + 4p per transaction
  • Debit cards: 16p per transaction
  • BACS: £0.50 per transaction

How do I renew my registration for 2017?

The Cabinet Office have decided that charges for 2017 will remain unchanged at £950, plus £12.50 per quarterly return. Registrants had from 19th December to 27th December to renew their registration for 2017.

Failure to pay the renewal fee by the deadline represents a compliance issue.

How do I log on to the Register?

You can login to the Register here. If you already have an account please enter your username (which is your registered email address) and password as directed.  If you would like to join the Register, you must first create an account which you can do by clicking the ‘create an account‘ button and follow the instructions.

How do I reset my password?

If you have forgotten your password you can reset this by clicking on the forgotten your password link and entering your username which is your registered email address.  This will then generate a temporary password which will be sent to your email address.  Once you receive this, follow the instructions and change your password when prompted.

When is the Register updated?

The Register runs from 1st January to the 31st December and is constantly updated, with new registrants able to join at any period during the year.  At the end of each quarter registrants have 14 days in which to submit an information return setting out the clients for which they have undertaken consultant lobbying as defined by the Act.  This information is then published on the Register and available to the public.

How do I upload a list of my organisation’s partners to the Register?

If your organisations has a significant number of partners, as part of the registration process you will be able to upload the names of those partners to the Register on an excel document saved as a .csv file.

The columns in the submitted document need to be named according to the headings in the example below, and the following information needs to be provided on each partner.

Title Firstname Surname Role
Mr Chris Ryley Partner

How do I change the names on my organisation’s list of partners?

Please contact the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists with a list of the changes you would like to make to your partner list and a member of staff can then make the requested changes.  If you would like to make a large number of changes to the partner list, please submit your updated full list of partners in an excel document in .csv format.  The document will still need to be structured  according to the headings you used in the first partner list you submitted (please see FAQ on uploading a partner list).  A member of staff can then upload the document to your registration page on the Register.

How do I make changes to my quarterly return once I have submitted it?

It is important that information on your return is accurate and updated when changes occur.  Please contact the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists if you would like your information to be updated.  A member of staff can then either edit your information or reset your account so that you can edit the information yourself on the Register.  If you edit the information yourself, remember to click on both the save and submit buttons at the bottom of the page where you have made the changes.

How do I leave the Register?

If you no longer believe you will be conducting the business of consultant lobbying, please contact enquiries@orcl.gov.uk. If you decide to leave the Register mid-way through the year, you will be entitled to a refund of your registration fee for the remaining part of the year, minus a £15 administration charge.