Civil Society Media has a number of articles about issues around the Lobbying Act, which comes into play from 19th September. A sector meeting with the Electoral Commission last week (5th August) to discuss the guidance it had issued led to a “heated exchange” and the regulator tried, but failed, to clarify the guidance, according to ACEVO, the chief executives group.
Legal advice obtained by Acevo, Bond (the body for international development organisations) and the campaign group 38 Degrees, suggests the guidance creates uncertainties for charities and campaigners as they go about their normal work that will place huge burdens on local campaigns and community groups.
Read Bubb: Electoral Commission’s Lobbying Act guidance ‘a regrettable mess’ at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17957/
The Public Relations Consultants Association has joined calls for clarity about how the Lobbying Act will impact non-party campaigners, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17962/
Also worth a read is a blog on Civil Society Media from Acevo’s policy officer ‘This Lobbying Act will not deter us from speaking out’ http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/blogs/content/17961/