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Leading cross-party think tank Policy Connect signs up to Register of Consultant Lobbyists following new guidance for All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Leading cross-party think tank Policy Connect signs up to Register of Consultant Lobbyists following new guidance for All-Party Parliamentary Groups

12th June 2017

Alison White, the Register of Consultant Lobbyists, has recently published new specialist guidance for organisations providing secretariat services to All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).

This very helpful guidance relates to third party funded APPG secretariat staff who are communicating directly with Government Ministers.

We welcome the new guidance as it will enhance the transparency of our work in Parliament and Government.

We firmly believe this development will promote greater openness and therefore enhance public confidence in the political and policy making process.

Policy Connect staff contact Ministers from time to time on behalf of APPGs, forums and commissions in the form of invitations to speak at events, attend meetings or to submit a research inquiry to assist with Government policy development.

Having taken account of the new guidance, Policy Connect has reviewed its past communications to Ministers and will join the register from 12 June 2017. The entry on the register will, at this stage, simply state that Policy Connect made communications on behalf of non-Parliamentary members through some of our APPGs/forum/commissions since April 2015.

Going forward, should Policy Connect staff directly communicate with Ministers on behalf of an APPG or forum, we will include the names of our funding organisations on the register entry.

Policy Connect promotes cross-sectoral policy issues rather than any single organisation that financially supports one of our 17 groups. We have published the names of our supporters on our websites for many years [you can see all of our websites here].

For further information about Policy Connect, please visit our About Us pages.