|Government tells lobbying charities to ‘Put a sock in it’|
The government is clamping down on taxpayers’ money being used to hire lobbyists. The move comes after a small number of local enterprise partnerships were found to be hiring public affairs consultancies to lobby the government & Parliament on their behalf.
The CLG is also cracking down on taxpayer funded lobby by other organisations. The Institute of Economic Affairs has undertaken extensive research on ‘sock puppets’ - those pressure groups & charities receiving public money that then use it to lobby government & Parliament for more money & regulation.