Government knocks back request for tougher sanctions on civil servants

The Standards in Public Office Commission had asked for more powers to prosecute public officials breaking lobbying rules

4th June, 2017

The government rejected a request from the standards watchdog for more powers to punish former civil servants breaking lobbying rules.

The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo), which is responsible for administering the newly established lobbying register, had asked for more powers to prosecute public officials breaking the rules on lobbying on behalf of private sector companies.

Specifically, the commission wanted to clamp down harder on former officials who ignore the one-year cooling off period...

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