Government changes on lobbying law

Original item, written 8th January:

Government resists pressure for change in lobbying law

From Welsh umbrella body WCVA: None of the changes that third sector organisations have called for in Part 2 of the lobbying bill were adopted during the final part of the committee stage in the House of Lords in December. The proposed legislation now goes to Report stage, scheduled for 15th January. WCVA news item, Hansard record of the debate on 18th December (link for 16th December is in earlier news item).

Meanwhile sector consultants nfpSynergy have published a report ‘The Politics of Charities’, bringing together research on “do the public think about charities having the right to lobby? And what does it mean to MPs and journalists for charities to be political?”. Available from

Update: government concessions announced 9th January

Civil Society Media coverage, or read The Guardian’s article.

NCVO welcomes the changes as a welcome step forward, but there are still some big problems with the legislation.

And Directory of Social Change calls for further urgent lobbying of members of the House of Lords. They say that the next, report, stage is on Monday, 13th January, while NCVO says it is on Weds 15th.