NCVO boss urges continued charity campaigning

An important contribution on the impact of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigning has been made by NCVO’s chief executive Stuart Etherington. While he is critical of the parliamentary process and recognises the current guidance is “neither perfect nor of a scope that addresses all possible scenarios”, he believes that the “current hyperbole about the Lobbying Act . . . is at best unhelpful and at worst dangerous”.

I urge you to put out of your mind the more theatrical claims about the Lobbying Act’s impact. You should address the regulation issues seriously but do not allow yourselves to become paralysed with anxiety. The risks are eminently manageable. You can and should continue to campaign on behalf of the issues that matter to the people and causes you support.

Read ‘The Lobbying Act: The biggest risk now is staying silent’ at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/08/18/the-lobbying-act-the-biggest-risk-now-is-staying-silent/.

There is a separate article ‘Lobbying Act guidance – how it can be improved’ at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/08/18/lobbying-act-guidance-how-it-can-be-improved/.