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September 24, 2013

Transparency around lobbying

The Committee held an evidence gathering seminar on 19 September to discuss what more can be done to bring greater integrity to existing lobbying arrangements by ensuring that lobbying is carried out transparently and ethically. A summary note of the meeting together with responses to the Committee’s recent call for evidence can be found here.

September 23, 2013

Changes in public attitudes to standards in public life over ten years

Launch of the Biennial Survey

The fifth Biennial Survey of public attitudes towards conduct in public life was launched on Monday 23 September 2013 at the Institute for Government and completes ten years of tracking public attitudes towards standards of conduct in public life.

For a summary of the key findings and to download the survey click here


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Committee to publish research on attitudes to standards in public life

The last of the Committee’s biennial surveys of public attitudes to standards in public life will be published on Monday 23rd September. The Committee is holding a lunchtime seminar at the Institute for Government on 23rd September to present the findings from ten years of tracking public attitudes in this area. If you would like to attend please email public@standards.gsi.gov.uk for more information.

Annual Report 2012/13

The Committee reports on a review of ethics and best practice, its fifth biennial survey of public attitudes to conduct in public life, the Triennial Review of the Committee and registers current risks to standards in public life, with a foreword from the incoming Chair Lord Bew. Download 2012/13 Annual Report.

Previous News

Party funding – statement

David Prince, interim Chair of the Committee, issued a statement regarding the postponement of talks on party funding until after the 2015 election:

“The Committee is deeply disappointed by the failure to make progress on reform of party funding. Removing the big money from politics was a manifesto commitment by all three parties and was in the coalition agreement. The current party funding arrangements foster suspicion and distrust among the public. It is essential that political parties obtain funding in ways free of suspicion that donors receive favours or improper influence in return. Sustainable reform requires all three main parties to swallow some difficult pills in the national interest – rather than act in narrow party interest. We await the detail of the draft Bill.”


Committee calls for evidence on transparency and lobbying

As set out in our annual work plan, the Committee has been considering the transparency issues around lobbying, focusing particularly on those who are lobbied. The Committee is now calling for evidence and will be holding a meeting after the Parliamentary recess with interested parties, to look at what more can be done to bring greater integrity to existing arrangements. Download Transparency and lobbying – Issues and Questions paper

May 2, 2013

The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of David Prince CBE as Interim Chair until the new Permanent Chair is appointed.