Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016

This briefing covers the details of the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 in the Scottish Government process.

Published: February 2016

The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 became law in April 2016. 

The Act is designed to improve transparency of lobbying contact between organisations and:

  • Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)
  • Scottish Government Ministers
  • The Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government
  • Scottish Government Special Advisers

You can read about how the Bill progressed through the Scottish Parliament and what it covers in a short summary from the Scottish Parliament’s research and information service (SPICe). Full details on the parliamentary scrutiny of the Bill can also be found here.

Download the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill summary [PDF, 120KB]

Work on the Lobbying Register is underway with a timetable for roll out expected by the end of March 2017.

General Election Hustings Guidance

This guidance was produced by SCPO in advance of the 2015 UK General Election.

Published: March 2015

Referendum Hustings Guidance

Churches, congregations and local Churches Together groups have been involved in arranging community meetings (sometimes called hustings) during election campaigns for more than 40 years. These are usually held in the months and weeks leading up to polling day, and are an opportunity for candidates to present their ideas and answer questions from each other and the public. This guidance note is designed for people who are considering arranging or running an event before the referendum on Scottish independence on 18 September 2014.

Published: March 2014