IMPACT has submitted its returns to the Lobby Register covering the period from 1st May to 31st August 2017. 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.
IMPACT has so far made 11 returns for the most recent reporting period. The deadline for submissions for this period expires at midnight tomorrow (20th September).
The latest lobbying returns submitted by IMPACT cover the following matters:
- Protection of Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist title
- Labour Court recommendation for Local Training Initiative (LTI) coordinators and assistant coordinators
- Stakeholder consultation process on Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2017
- Sleepover payments (pay for overnight residential duties) to for staff working in homeless services
- Highlighting dangers to community safety arising from backlog of public safety resources in the fire services
- Seeking passage of Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2017
- Gender Pay Gap Reporting Bill 2017
- Seeking support for ‘Right to Disconnect’ legislation
- School Completion Programme (SCP): Equalisation of staff pension provision
- Independent Review Group to examine role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health services
- Development of policies to ensure just transition to low carbon economy
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.