BPF brings public affairs in-house

The British Property Federation (BPF) has pulled its public affairs account in-house, promoting policy officer Chris Carter to the newly created role of head of parliamentary affairs.

The move ends Cicero Consulting’s 12-month relationship with the trade group, which represents large firms, institutional investors and fund managers investing in UK property.

Carter’s appointment comes as the BPF puts in place a three-year lobbying programme designed to persuade the Government that the property industry is vital to the UK economy.

It also wants to stave off tax regimes on the property industry that it regards as punitive and improve the image of the industry itself.

Carter reports to director of comms Helen McCarthy. He joined the organisation two years ago and was previously a research associate for the Adam Smith Institute.

‘We want to step up our dialogue with Parliament to spread the message about the value of property to the UK economy,’ said BPF chief executive Liz Peace.

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