What was considered the least likely change to the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill is now building support between both the wider public and the Parliamentary Committee. Poll figures revealed today show that 92% of the Scottish public want lobbyists to disclose their lobbying budgets.
We agree with the Standards Committee that the Scottish Parliament should consider expanding the information that lobbyists are required to declare to include how much is being spent on lobbying. More details on how this could work.
The Scottish Government is taking a Bill through parliament to make lobbying and private influence in Government decisions more transparent - but we think it could be much better.
Scottish Alliance for Lobbying Transparency (SALT) welcomes strong polling results in favour of closing the loopholes in the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill to be debated on Thursday 7 January.
Transparency campaigners have today welcomed recommendations from a key Parliamentary Committee on the Scottish Government’s Lobbying Bill, describing the calls as a “strong push towards genuine lobbying transparency.” The Committee has followed the Scottish Alliance for Lobbying Transparency (SALT) in calling for the scope of the bill to be widened significantly.
This week the Scottish Government moved one step further in developing some of the most progressive legislation on political transparency in the world Campaigners welcome draft report from Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee The Stage 1 debate for the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill will be held on Thursday 7 January, 2016
The Scottish government is curently taking a Bill through the Parliament to try and make lobbying more transparent. We think it could be better. Find out how you can let the Scottish Parliament know how you would improve it.
To coincide with the SNP conference this week, Spinwatch, Unlock Democracy and Electoral Reform Society Scotland have published Holyrood Exposed: A Guide to Lobbying in Scotland.
The parties all have different positions on lobbying transparency. Which is the best, and which the worst?
Following this week's revelations about lobbying, the Independent reports today that "the trade body which represents the UK's public relations and lobbying industry is to investigate Bell Pottinger over claims made by executives during a business pitch to undercover reporters".
It's been a year since the Lobbying Bill passed into law – amid howls of protest from charities, derision from transparency campaigners, and warnings from Parliament. Is it delivering on its promises to clean up politics?