AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) today confirmed that it has been approved as the latest member of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC).

AAT is the first accountancy body to be accepted as a member of the APPC and the first Awarding Organisation too.

The APPC is the regulatory and representative body for professional political practitioners. Its main role is to ensure the highest standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism amongst its members.

The APPC enforces high standards by requiring members to adhere to the APPC Code of Conduct and promotes understanding of the public affairs sector, and the contribution it makes to public life.

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Phil Hall, AAT Head of Public Affairs & Public Policy, said:

"AAT's lobbying activity has always been completely transparent and ethical and will certainly continue to be so. As a result AAT is delighted to have joined the APPC, to be the first accountancy body to do so, and the first Awarding Organisation too.

We are firmly committed to going above and beyond minimum requirements across all areas of the organisation and membership of the APPC is yet another concrete demonstration of this."

Mark Glover, Chairman of the APPC added:

"The APPC is delighted to welcome AAT as our latest member. We look forward to working with them to demonstrate the importance of lobbying transparency and to promote the highest ethical behaviour through compliance with our code of conduct."

AAT is also a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code, Women in Finance Charter and has secured Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

For further information please visit: www.aat.org.uk

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