APPC members to face shake up on code guidelines

Members of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) will have to incorporate its code of conduct into staff contracts and handbooks following new practice guidelines introduced by the association last month.

Members of the Association of Professional Political Consultants

(APPC) will have to incorporate its code of conduct into staff contracts

and handbooks following new practice guidelines introduced by the

association last month.



The new guidelines will also ensure that a staff member in each agency

is responsible for compliance with the code. Member agencies will have

to report to the APPC annually on measures they are taking to ensure

these guidelines are being adhered to.



The APPC has also revised its code of conduct to extend its remit from

Westminster to the Scottish parliament and the Welsh and Northern

Ireland assemblies. The code changes also mean that agencies that are

less than a year old will now be eligible for membership as long as they

can prove they have had regulatory experience.



APPC secretary Charles Miller said: ’The most significant change is the

inclusion within our articles of practice guidelines, for example

incorporating the code in employment contracts and double checking of

work. None of these things were obligations before, although many

members considered them to be standard practice.’



The changes were introduced last month, following two association

meetings.



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