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Summary of Investigation – Longevity International CIC

Thursday 11th November 2021

September to November 2021

Organisation or Person Investigated

Longevity International CIC (“Longevity International”)

Matter(s) Investigated

Whether Longevity International undertook unregistered consultant lobbying activities

Registrar’s Decision

That Longevity International undertook unregistered consulting lobbying activities in April 2021

Summary of Rationale for Decision

In April 2021, Longevity International took part in a video launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Longevity (“the APPG”) report on Levelling Up. The Secretary of State for Health and the Chief Medical Officer (“CMO”) also presented at the launch.

Longevity International was, at the time of the event, paid as a support provider (secretariat) for the APPG. Participating in the event alongside the Secretary of State and the CMO constitutes consultant lobbying by Longevity International on behalf of their client, the APPG.

As unregistered consulting lobbying is a statutory offence, a civil penalty is appropriate.

Chronology

Date Action
9 April The APPG’s 9 April 2021 Levelling Up Health Launch. A video of this launch shows presentations from a Secretary of State, the CMO and Longevity International, the APPG support provider (secretariat).

15 September
Formal letter from the Registrar to Collider Health (the APPG’s current support provider) giving background on the requirement for registering; asking if their activities in general fall within the criteria to be registered; and in particular with reference to Collider Health’s APPG support role and citing the 9 April 2021 video.
20 September Email from APPG Secretariat confirming Collider Health is the APPG support provider from 1 September 2021; giving links to the Governance Framework and Income and Expenditure Statements and stating that any communication with Ministers or Permanent Secretaries always comes from the APPG’s Chair and the Longevity International role was to present some of the work in the APPG’s Levelling Up report.
27 September ORCL email asking whether Collider Health is paid to provide support services to the APPG and whether Collider Health VAT registered.
27 September Email from the APPG Secretariat stating a proportion of time spent by Collider Health on APPG secretariat services is paid (through funds donated by sponsors); and Collider Health is VAT registered.
1 November Letter from the Registrar explaining that the 9 April event seems registerable and giving the opportunity to respond. Also asking if Longevity International was paid to provide support services to the APPG and whether Longevity International is VAT registered.
2 November Email from the APPG Secretariat stating the event on 9 April was not registerable; that the APPG’s relatively low-cost work is supported by charities and corporate sponsors who have no control over outcomes; that Longevity International’s involvement at the event was to communicate aspects of the report.
11 November Letter from the registrar giving the investigation outcome and that a Notice of Intention for a penalty will follow. The outcome of the investigation of Collider Health is provided in a separate summary.

11 November 2021

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