Member’s threat to quit in APPC free monitoring row

Ludgate Public Affairs is threatening to resign from the APPC - the trade body for public affairs consultancies - over whether recipients of its free monitoring service should be included in the APPC’s client register.

Ludgate Public Affairs is threatening to resign from the APPC - the

trade body for public affairs consultancies - over whether recipients of

its free monitoring service should be included in the APPC’s client

register.



Ludgate MD Stephen Lock is angered over an apparent U-turn by the body

which first requested a list of Ludgate’s non-fee-paying clients only

for the majority of APPC committee members to decide that these

recipients should not be listed.



An APPC source said several member agencies fear that if Ludgate’s free

service takes hold, they will be unable to charge fees of between pounds

1,000 and pounds 3,000 per month for a similar service, as they do

now.



Lock, whose department spends pounds 45,000 annually on the service,

wrote to APPC chairman Michael Burrell saying he was ’disappointed the

committee required us to disclose names then reinterpreted its rules

asking us not to disclose in future’.



An APPC meeting on Tuesday postponed the issue, with Lock and Burrell

agreeing to meet again to reach a deal. Burrell told PR Week it would be

resolved in a way which ’can not be interpreted as critical of Ludgate

public affairs’.



Ludgate is prepared to resign over the issue. ’Any outcome which does

not state that our monitoring is as good as those charged for, is

unsatisfactory, and we shall consider our position,’ said a Ludgate

source.





- The APPC has voted to extend its ban on employing MPs, peers, and

members of devolved assemblies, to include from May members of the

Greater London Authority.



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