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