Consultation outcome

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: certification of trade union membership details discussion paper

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

We are taking these measures forward through the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.

Feedback received

Transparency of lobbying, non-party campaigning and trade union administration bill: certification of trade union membership details discussion paper - responses

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Detail of feedback received

We have published stakeholders’ individual consultation responses, where they have given us permission. We received permission to publish 28 of the 42 responses. A further respondent wished to be noted among those who responded without having their full response published.

The main areas of debate for respondents were:

  • rationale for transparency of lobbying
  • role of the assurer
  • criteria for the membership audit certificate

Original consultation


Seeks feedback from stakeholders about implementing legislative measures on maintaining trade union membership registers.

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Consultation description

Trade unions should be able to visibly demonstrate that they know who their members are and can communicate with them. The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill includes measures to give assurance that union membership records are kept accurate and up to date, through an annual membership audit certificate to the Certification Officer.

This discussion paper seeks views on:

  • implementing the measures on trade union membership records effectively
  • what guidance should be provided to ensure that unions can meet the new requirements, with the help of employers where needed

It invites your views on implementing the changes in a way that is fair, proportionate and workable.

See also the related equality impact assessment on ‘Trade Union Membership Records’.


Published 17 July 2013
Last updated 22 October 2013 + show all updates
  1. Public responses to the consultation published.
  2. First published.