The Act is designed to provide information to the public about:
Who is lobbying;
On whose behalf is lobbying being carried out;
What are the issues involved in the lobbying;
What is the intended result of the lobbying;
Who is being lobbied.
The Act provides for:
The establishment and maintenance of a publicly accessible register of lobbying;
Obligations on lobbyists to register and to provide information regularly about their lobbying activities, including, in the case of professional lobbyists, information about their clients;
The introduction of a “cooling off” period during which lobbying activity may not be carried out by some former Designated Public Officials. This provision does not apply to Local Authority Members; and
The Standards in Public Office Commission (Standards Commission) to be the regulator of lobbying.