Government sets a date for new Scottish Lobbying Register

The Scottish Government has announced the date on which its new public Lobbying Register comes into effect; organisations have until 12 March 2018 to get to grips with the new rules on ‘regulated lobbying’, which were introduced by the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. The aim of the Act is to bring about greater openness and increase public transparency in relation to regulated lobbying.

Failing to register details within the necessary time limits, or providing incomplete or inaccurate information, could expose you to a fine of up to £1,000. Those who fail to comply with an investigation could find themselves liable to a prison sentence or a fine of up to £5000.

To avoid such penalties, and also reputational damage, it’s important for organisations including charities and social enterprises and their staff to understand exactly which conversations and communications they must register.

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