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Organisation Company employed Lobbying central government? Barking & Dagenham Council No Grayling Political Strategy; Citigate Public Affairs; Connect Blackpool Council Heathcroft Communications No Caerphilly County Council Positif No Cardiff County Council Positif No City of London Sovereign Strategy No Croydon Council Luther Pendragon No Essex County Council Four Communications No Exeter City Council No Connect Public Affairs; Luther Pendragon Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive Connect Public Affairs No Haringey Council Luther Pendragon No Hertfordshire County Council PPS Group No Hull City Council The Public Affairs Company No London council tax in parts of London) Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (park authority funded by levy onCommunications Agency No Leicestershire County Council PPS Group No Lincolnshire County Council PPS Group No Local Government Yorkshire & Humber Connect Public Affairs No Luton Borough Council Connect No Newham Council Connect No Newport City Council / Newport Transport Positif No Nottingham City Council FD-LLM No Oldham Council Bell Pottinger North No South Gloucestershire Council PPS Group No South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Connect No Transport for London Communique No Vale of Glamorgan Council Positif No West Lancashire District Council PPS Group No West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive The Public Affairs Company No Southwark Council Luther Pendragon No County Councils Network Bellenden Public Affairs No National Federation of ALMOs The Public Affairs Company Unknown Shropshire County Council Weber Shandwick Public Affairs Unknown "Cumbria councils" Connect Unsure Camden Council Connect Unsure Cheshire County Council Unsure Politics International; Euro RSCG Apex Communications Doncaster Council Connect Unsure Greenwich Borough Council Citigate Public Affairs Unsure Halton Borough Council Politics International; Connect Unsure Havering Council Connect Public Affairs Unsure Leeds City Council Connect Public Affairs Unsure Local Government Management Board (now IDeA) Connect Unsure Merthyr Tydfil Council Positif Unsure Milton Keynes Council Grayling Political Strategy Unsure South Lakeland District Council Connect Unsure Fishburn Hedges West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities / West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority Unsure Golden Arrow Communications Unsure West of England Partnership consisting of unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Cumbria County Council Euro RSCG Apex CommunicationsYes Devon County Council Yes Bellenden Public Affairs; Weber Shandwick Public Affairs Hounslow Borough Council FD-LLM Yes London Assembly Connect Yes Norfolk County Council Yes Bellenden Public Affairs; Weber Shandwick Public Affairs Norfolk District Councils Freshwater Yes North West Leicestershire District Council Euro RSCG Apex CommunicationsYes North Yorkshire County Council Yes The Public Affairs Company; PPS Group Norwich City Council Connect Public Affairs Yes Oxford City Council FD-LLM Yes Penwith District Council Atherton Associates Yes Preston City Council Connect Yes Sunderland City Council Weber Shandwick Public Affairs Yes Surrey County Council / South East Strategic Leaders Group Grayling Political Strategy Yes Swindon Council Connect Public Affairs Yes Telford & Wrekin Council Yes Grayling Political Strategy; Citigate Public Affairs Waverley Borough Council Euro RSCG Apex CommunicationsYes York City Council The Public Affairs Company Yes Denbighshire Council Positif Enfield Council Lexington Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council Four Communications Freshwater HSR UK (funded by Liverpool City Council, Manchester City Council, Leeds City Council, Cardiff City Council, Bristol City Council, Birm Kent County Council Westminster Advisers Reading Borough Council Lexington Sheffield Council / Sheffield City Region Connect Public Affairs Bellenden Public Affairs Specialist Interest Group of Metropolitan Authorities outside of the South East Suffolk County Council Weber Shandwick Public Affairs Connect Public Thames Gateway London Partnership (13 councils) and Thames Gateway Parliamentary Group (funded by Thames Gateway public Date(s) Description of work £ Consultancy Meetings Staff training 2009 Staff training £936 Consultancy Communications - school building 2008 Consultation - waste strategy 2009 Unitary bid £121,743 Meetings 2009 Improving children's services Communications 2010 Monitoring; communications 2007 Communications - waste strategy £5,500 Communications - waste strategy 2010 Staff training £2,235 2010 Bid for city status £35,000 Staff training £724 2007 Profile building 2009 Communications - court case £10,354 2008 Consultation - planning application 2010 Monitoring 2007 Communications - event Staff training Consultation - regeneration £54,561 2005 Monitoring Communications Staff training; legal advice Unitary bid 2000 Transport 2006 Political consultancy 2004 Transport; Unitary status 2008 Regeneration Profile building £20,000 before 1998 2007 Road pricing 2009 2008 Unitary bid £20,000 Unitary bid Heathrow expansion 2007 GLA Act 2007 £30,000 Unitary bid; economy £7,000 Unitary bid 2007 Housing £2,000 2007 Unitary bid; waste strategy £22,000 2010 unitary 2007 Unitary bid Meetings 2007 Unitary bid 2010 Profile building 2010 Meetings 2010 Housing funding 2009 Housing funding £57,000 2000 Economy Extra info/comment “In the past Barking and Dagenham Council has employed firms such as Grayling PR and Citigate on a temporary consultancy bas The company were employed to help arrange meetings between representatives of Blackpool Council and Central Lobbyists were employed, but for training purposes. Places on workshops run by Positif on subjects including catering and transport. Spent £351 in 2008 and £585 in 2009. They provided advice on publicexternaland public for lobbying purposes. Even when weand did not the important The council has never used an affairs company policy matters, but not as "lobbyists" undertook lobby central Fair Deal exercise, we used in-house resources. However, periodically, we do seek outside assistance for specialist tasks where either we don't have the right level of expertise ourselves or it would not represent good value for money to establish a permanent role. We engaged Luther Pendragon, a respected communications consultancy, to Any publicCity Council spokesman said: "ExeterbeenCouncil has ain-house as in-house PR team. To provide support An Exeter affairs work undertaken by ECC has City undertaken very small part of Communications (one example on workloads during the four year unitary process the Council used Connect PA in 2007 and Lutherpendragon in 2009. The total cost of this was £121,743.97. These organisations provided specialist marketing and PR support, including messaging and engagement with stakeholders, particularly on informing and involving our local community in the unitary debate through both the media and online methods. This was a hugely important issue for the City and it was vitally important that as many people as possible knew what was being proposed and how it would affect We do use connect but not for actual lobbying. If weto lobby anyone. Mr Pickles’ at conferecne they would helpfacts Haringey Council has never used Luther Pendragon were staging a fringe event department did not check the with with us. Luther Pendragon provides a range of services and we have never used their lobbying arm. They were contracted to help improve communications between organisations responsible for safeguarding children. This was after the Baby P case and was designed to ensure no breakdown in communications in future, as this had been Cannot not employed to or no as to whether we have used the company by Hertfordshire County Council during PPS wasgive a straight yes lobby central government. They were employed as we are in dispute of this and are awaiting further details from The Public Affairs Company. We have no record in the past 10 years of using The Public Affairs Company (and if we had it would be recorded on our finance system). However, that company has us on their website as working with them. On speaking with them they said we had used their services once in the late 1990s but we do not for lobbying andto make it clear, absolutely not for reluctant of central government or anything akin to Yes it was use LCA, but I need it was not a high amount but was lobbying to discuss it with me further saying that that. Lee Valley Regional Park Authority does not lobby. Because we cover a very large area (from the Thames, through east and north London out to Essex and Hertfordshire) and have a large range of interest areas (sport, leisure, the Olympics, environment, heritage, wildlife among many others) we use them to gather intelligence and information Council vast number of agendas which are of interest and has not paid PPS us. any other companyfor this. The County on the does not use tax-payers' money for lobbying to us or could affect or We also use them for We worked with PPS on a short term basis in 2007, at a cost of £5,500 to produce an effective communications strategy to help residents minimise their waste and recycle wherever possible. This has had the benefit of reducing We have never used them for lobbying but employed them to do stakeholder engagement and consultation on our We impact of central government on expertise and contacts to help us in our bid for city status. We have set aside The are using this specialist company'slocal government a small budget of around £35,000 to add to the £15,000 already provided by private donations. A wide range of key community leaders, private sector businesses, faith groups, young people, voluntary sector organisations and Recently, members of staff attended three training courses, to the value of £724, which were organised through the Contract was between Newport Transport, aemploy the services of Positif but not since 2008. It was not for With reference to your query below, we did private company, and FD-LLM lobbying purposes. We employed them in a public affairs capacity as our eyes and ears in Whitehall and This was done because of the complex nature of the case and the challenges it presented. Representatives accurate Westminster at a time when Nottingham was receiving a lot of negative publicity in the press. They helped of the firm regularly attended court when it was in session and advised the Council. "The firm cost the Council £10,354, including VAT, for its services. "Bell Pottinger was employed by the Council because we were unable to resource this They were used to organise, administrate and facilitate all public consultation as part of a planning application process for a new secondary school. Because it is a completely new secondary, of about £25m in value, it’s classed as a major site and a considerable amount of consultation needed to be undertaken. A monitoring contract for for six passenger executives in the country Promotion of the Tour De France's London stage The Council did not employ this legislation that would affect service delivery Place on workshop on assembly firm for any form of political lobbying. The firm was employed to undertake a consultation exercise with local residents and other partner agencies with regards to the redevelopment of Skelmersdale Town Centre, which is situated within West Lancashire Borough Council boundaries, this development We used them 5 years ago and we used them for monitoring of legislation, not lobbying. No we weren't [using the company to lobby central government]. We employed the firm for communications support around a comp Use of company was "historic" Our predecessor authority, Shropshire County Council, did use a public affairs firm in relation to the formation of the Carlisle City Council and Cumbria CC have no record of contract We havent worked with them since 2000 and that was to do with Thameslink. Could have been consultation or Lobbyists were possibly employed to resist the transition into a unitary council. However, no hard facts were to be We have only used them a handful of times in last ten years, but not since 2006; and certainly not during this The council is currently checking its records. We did use this firm in 2007/8 for some wide ranging public affairs work on a regeneration project; not sure of We have used Connect Communications to work with us to help organise conferences and other events, particularly This Board has not existed for more than 10 years; It’s a predecessor organisation to the IDeA, which came into being in 1998. It s The council is currently checking its records. Some time ago If company was used, it was a "number of years ago" and the person responsible could not be tracked down. Stakeholder enagagment; press work In 2007/8 Cumbria used to advise paid Euro hire a room in the Houses of Parliament for an event The company were County Council on how to RSCG Apex Communications a fee of £20,000 for work that it did on helping the county council prepare a bid to form a unitary authority for the whole of Cumbria. This was a one-off piece of work in a specialist area uses public affairs consultants or lobbyists. a national, regional and local level. The Devon County Council no longer involving bespoke stakeholder relations at These services have been used in the past to help to challenge the previous Government’s wasteful and unlawful proposals over local government reorganisation in lobby firm to lobby central government around two yearsa £40with success atto the public purse We did employ a the county. The defeat of these plans actually resulted in ago, million saving the Heathrow Airport expansion plans. Please see here for more information The London Assembly employed Connect PA in 2006/7. They were employed the only time we have used lobby http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/news_and_events/heathrow.htm .This isto assist the Assembly duringathe drafting and passage of the GLA Act 2007 which amended the powers and responsibilities of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly (who together constitute the Greater London Authority). I have attached the paper approved by the Assembly's Business Council, said: "Norfolk County Council has previously sought specialist public Daniel Cox, Leader of Norfolk County Management and Appointments Committee which authorised the expenditure affairs help to challenge the previous Government's wasteful and unlawful proposals for local government These were exceptional us navigate the Whitehall maze to help promote Norfolk economic interests nationally. reorganisation and help circumstances and Freshwater were hired to help co-ordinate the efforts and activities of the five District and Borough Councils involved in Keep Norfolk Local to convince ministers not to go ahead with a highly wastefulEuro RSGCto create a unitary Norfolk. Fortunately them £2,000 in October 2007 for work theysaying We have used proposal Apex Communications once. We paid the government listened to what we were did as part of our Housing Transfer project. I understand it was to approach the then housing minister during the process of the Yorkshire County of our housing stock that housing last six-yearor other body. North possible transfer Council can confirm to a it in the association period it has paid a total of £22,000 to two consultancy companies for help with two high profile initiatives. In 2004, along with other local authorities, it paid £7,103 to the Public Affairs Company for help with a bid to promote regional government reform – at a time when the county council was looking to achieve unitary status to improve local government effectiveness and efficiency. In 2007 theCity Council did paidemploy the services of Connect Communications betweenwaste strategy. This strategy Norwich county council not £15,944.75 to the PPS group for help with its high profile 1 March and 31 May 2010. The outgoing government invited local authorities to bid to become unitary councils and as part of that process we employed this company on a one-off basis. The council no longer employs its services. We did use a public affairs firm to lobby Central Government, but it was back in 2007 for the unitary bid. We haven't We used a lobbyist for £3000 on one issue; the transition into afor unitary status coming out of the 2006 Local It was a specific one-off situation dealing with the council’s bid unitary council. An independent poll showed that 82% of the popu Government White Paper. Connect were employed to assist the council with its unitary bid given the tight time scales in which it had to be submitted. To thesaid: Weour knowledge we haveto support our public affairs work - Deborah Lewin, Director of Communications best of use Weber Shandwick never used lobbyists before. These their role is primarily about helping us build our profile and influence at a national level; they have undertaken work to gauge perceptions of the city with a range of people connected to Westminster and Whitehall and in October are assisting us in organising the launch week for our Economic Masterplan for the city with a parliamentary launch and associated seminars planned. We pay them for the work they do for us for example their work for the Economic Susie Kemp, assistant chief us £5,000. We consider this excellent value for money when you consider the low Masterplan launch will cost executive, Surrey CC, said the company were paid "a small amount of money" to set up a day of meetings between SESL's chair and key figures in the new government because SESL's "tiny" two-man team did not have the capacity. "We wouldn't choose to spend it period We have the information we need of the contract. Yes, however the consultancy is currently serving its notice again. - SBC has issued early termination and we can do The contract was to assist the council secure the investment needed to deliver Swindon’s challenging growth agenda. Swindon had a very challenging housing trajectory to meet under the draft Regional Spatial Strategy and Waverley DC would not normally use an outside organisation, but decided to because it was on behalf of 70 councils to raise issue of "fair and local housing financing" and because the group wanted to take advantage of the company's expertise on what was an important issue for residents. Approximately 38 councils shared the £57,000 We used this company in the year 2000 for inward investment work, to encourage civil servants to move to York. It on a temporary consultancy basis. They have provided information and advice to assist us when applying for grants and investment from central gover 8 and £585 in 2009. nications support around a complex regeneration project. ich came into being in 1998. It seems that they are listed by Connect as being a previous customer from ages ago rather than anything more recent. oll showed that 82% of the population was against this transition. The council wanted to bring this issue to parliament and arrange a meeting between g for grants and investment from central government, and were not used to directly lobby ministers or arrange meetings with them. These consultants w ages ago rather than anything more recent. o parliament and arrange a meeting between our chairman and a minister . We wrote 3 times but failed to receive a response, so we used a lobbyist to ange meetings with them. These consultants were engaged for short periods as when they were needed. Barking and Dagenham has since stopped re to receive a response, so we used a lobbyist to arrange a meeting with a minister, which we received in 2 weeks. At the time the council had 'no in-hou Barking and Dagenham has since stopped recruiting consultants for this kind of work.” weeks. At the time the council had 'no in-house Press Office'.
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