The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has responded to the decision of the Public Relations Consultants Association to leave the UK Public Affairs Council.
Commenting Jane Wilson, CIPR CEO said:
This is a disappointing move by the PRCA and as far we know comes without any consultation with the board of UKPAC or the CIPR or APPC as joint founding bodies. The PRCA have set out their reasons, but we think the decision to quit UKPAC is a potentially counterproductive move, especially in the current circumstances.
The CIPR believes industry unity is the key to ensuring that the current negative impressions of lobbying in the media do not lead to over-regulation of our industry. On the eve of the publication of a consultation on a statutory register and in the light of events this week, this move means the industry voice will be less collective, which is highly regrettable.
As we have made clear in recent statements from CIPR, the lobbying profession has nothing to fear from a statutory register and the government should now get the consultation published and introduce one as soon as possible.
As a statutory register is looking increasingly likely, it has to be an open register that has no 'good cause' exemptions and covers everyone who seeks to influence public policy, regardless of their motivation, on an organised basis. Further delay extends the current period in which ethical, professional lobbyists who operate to the highest of standards of transparency and disclosure risk being tarred with the same brush as unprofessional elements who bring the industry into disrepute.
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