Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Prince Charles has been accused of hiding behind new Freedom of Information restrictions to conceal lobbying the Government for changes to policy.

The Mail on Sunday revealed that the prince held nine meetings with ministers between May 2010 and March 2011. Following changes to the Freedom of Information Act by the last Labour government, the heir to the throne is granted an absolute exemption from the release of details about his contacts with ministers and senior civil servants.

PoliticsHome, a favourite website of many lobbyists, has been sold for up to £2m to parliamentary publisher Dods. The publisher paid nothing upfront but cash instalments will be due by 2014, depending on the site hitting revenue targets. The site is edited by ex-Evening Standard deputy political editor Paul Waugh. It made a pre-tax loss of £500,000 on revenues of £100,000 last year.

The Money Advice Service has hired Francis McGee as policy lead, to head an 11-strong corporate policy and external affairs team. He was most recently head of corporate affairs at Aegon UK.

The CIPR Public Affairs Group is to hold its summer garden party on 12 July at St Stephen's Club. Tickets are £45 for members and £55 for non-members.

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