UKPAC ANNOUNCES ITS CLOSURE AS NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE FOR STANDARDS AND TRANSPARENCY IN LOBBYING
In an open letter to the Minister for the Cabinet Office the UK Public Affairs Council (UKPAC) has announced it will be winding-up with effect from end June 2015.
UKPAC was set up in 2010 by standards and representative bodies in the public affairs community to operate a register of lobbyists, the firms and bodies they work for and the clients using these services. The register contains over 400 entities, 1,500 lobbyists and over 2,500 clients. It has been a considerable addition to transparency.
The creation of a statutory Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists led UKPAC to reviews its role and look with industry at the case for a different structure. The willingness of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) to assume responsibility for a register which is open to all and free of charge addresses both transparency and the equally important issue of standards. This exists in parallel with the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) Code of Practice.
With these commitments to standards and openness UKPAC has decided the body can wind-up, having delivered a valued Register that brought transparency to services of high importance and some topicality.
This decision was explained to the Government and stakeholders in an open letter from UKPAC Chair George Kidd on 28 June 2015.
30 June 2015
The UK Public Affairs Council (UKPAC) was set up to promote and uphold effective self-regulation for those professionally engaged in public affairs.
Born out of the Public Administration Select Committee’s recommendation for there to be a public register of lobbyists, UKPAC was created by three representative bodies in the industry. UKPAC’s members were the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
UKPAC was overseen by a board comprising of independent members, including the Chairman, and representatives of each of the industry bodies.