Hope that Lords will give real scrutiny to lobbying law

As mentioned before, the controversial lobbying legislation is now before the House of Lords, with a second reading debate which took place on Tuesday (22nd October). Local sector support body NAVCA has a briefing for this stage, highlighting the threat to smaller charities and community groups, and NCVO has a resources list at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2013/10/21/resources-for-peers-lobbying-bill/ including a round up of briefings from various concerned organisations.

Northern Ireland’s NICVA reports that all of NI’s MPS present at the final reading of the Bill in the Commons voted against it, and calls on the Lords to radically change or vote down the bill too.

Boss of charity chief executives body ACEVO Stephen Bubb has written on Tuesday’s debate ‘The noble Lords speak sense‘.

The Guardian’s recent articles on the subject include from Polly Toynbee ‘If Britain’s charities are gagged, who will stop this lobbying bill?’ and ‘Lobbying bill leaves charities and religious groups in anxious wait’.