IMPACT has submitted its returns to the Lobby Register covering the period from 1st September to 31st December 2016. Lobbying organisations are required to publish their returns no later than 21 days after the end of the relevant reporting period.
The Regulation of Lobbying Act was signed into law in 2015.
The purpose of the Act is to provide for a web-based Register of Lobbying to make information available to the public on the identity of those communicating with designated public officials on specific policy, legislative matters or prospective decisions.
IMPACT has made 15 returns for the most recent reporting period, bringing the total number of 2016 submissions to 57.
The latest lobbying returns submitted by IMPACT cover the following matters:
- Composition of the Public Service Pay Commission
- Restoration of funding to Foróige, and other organisations in the Community and Voluntary sector
- Request for parliamentary question (PQ) re Tusla state agency
- Discussion on Government’s Action Plan on Jobs
- Briefing on public service pay policy
- Access to State industrial relations services for people working in the Civil Service
- Recruitment issues affecting IMPACT members working as Special Education Needs Organisers (SENOs)
- Opposition to temporary closure of Sligo County library and to potential permanent closure of one or more libraries in the county
- Opposition to staffless library proposals
- Pay restoration in the community and voluntary sector
- Cassells Report on higher education funding
- Community Sector Forum agreed under the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement
- Secure rents campaign for the regulation of increases for private residential tenancies / improved security of tenure
- Recruitment to the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
Failure to submit a return of lobbying activities carried out during period by the deadline is a contravention of the Regulation of Lobbying Act.
New enforcement provisions under the act came into effect on 1st January this year. These provisions give the Standards in Public Office Commission the authority to investigate and prosecute contraventions of the Act and to levy fixed payment notices for late filing of lobbying returns.
IMPACT members who undertake lobbying activity are not required to make a return unless they are lobbying under instruction from their union, such as in the event of a ‘grassroots’ campaign. All lobbying activity undertaken by IMPACT staff is reportable, apart from activity classified as ‘excepted communications’ under the legislation.
For more details about the legislation and the register, visit lobbying.ie.
See also: IMPACT trade union profile on Lobbying.ie.