A new advert for the position of Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists has been published by the Cabinet Office this week with a revised closing date for applications at the end of August. The new advert includes a 10% increase on the salary previously offered.
The closing date for applications to the position had originally been 19 May, with the preferred candidate due to appear before the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee months ago.
The Registrar will be appointed for a term of no more than four years and will receive a daily allowance of £420. Anyone who has “carried on the businesses of consultant lobbying” is unable to apply for the position. Recent former ministers and civil servants are also unable to apply.
The position of Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists has considerable influence over the implementation of the widely disliked lobbying act, since many of the most complex issues of regulation were not addressed on the face of the bill.
In recent weeks a number of major consultancies have confirmed they will not be required to register as ‘consultant lobbyists’ under the terms of the lobbying act.
Commenting on the delays, PRCA director general Francis Ingham said:
“This industry embraces transparency and ethics; the delay is, ultimately, disappointing for an industry which has always actively pursued transparency and ethics.
“It is yet another roadblock on the Lobbying Act’s journey – one we hope will be overcome soon.
“This industry needs the certainty and stability that the Registrar’s clarifications will bring – the Government now needs to move with speed to fill this role. We hope, when the right candidate is found, they take up our offer of shadowing our members to garner a real, tangible understanding of how the Act will affect them.