The debate around the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, and its potential impact on charity campaigning, continues somewhat faster and fiercer than can be covered fully in a weekly newsletter.
Here is a quick round-up.
- From Civil Society Media on Friday 4th October, when the government’s proposed amendments, seeking to address concerns, were published http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/16191/.
- NCVO and ACEVO issued a critical joint statement http://www.acevo.org.uk/lobbying-bill-ammendments, and also NCVO’s piece ‘Lobbying bill, round three’ http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2013/10/04/lobbying-bill-round-three/.
- The final stages in the House of Commons were due to take place around the time of newsletter production (9th October). NCVO has a further item ‘Lobbying bill Report stage – what we are asking MPs to do’.
- Meanwhile Andrew Lansley, the responsible minister, wrote to reassure the sector via The Guardian.
As promised in today’s newsletter, here is some news following yesterday’s House of Commons debate on the legislation:
From Civil Society Media: MPs voted in favour of the lobbying bill, following its third reading in the House of Commons last night, with a majority of 44, despite calls from opposition MPs and voluntary sector organisations for more consultation. The Bill now moves to the House of Lords
ACEVO chief executive Stephen Bubb’s response to the vote – Lobbying: now’s the chance for a real public debate. The Civil Society Commission is to “hold the public debate, in the next few weeks, that has so far been denied”.
And from the sector Independence Panel, taking evidence before the debate: The Government must not rush to restrict the voluntary sector from campaigning, warned the Independence Panel today, and should stop and think further before pressing ahead with the relevant provisions in the Lobbying Bill.