Saturday July 4, 2020

Lobbying watchdog wants more powers on 'cooling-off' rules

SIPO's 2018 lobbying report records the first breach of the rules covering public officials moving into the private sector

27th June, 2019
2018 lobbying report published

Section 22 of the legislation means that ministers, advisers and public officials are subject to a one-year ‘cooling-off’ period after leaving office, which restricts their ability to engage in lobbying or work for organisations engaged in lobbying.

Speaking as it launched its 2018 report, head of ethics and lobbying regulation Sherry Perrault said the commission had now become aware of the first recorded breach of these rules.

The case concerned a former special adviser who...

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