Impact of the lobbying law, and further guidance

New Philanthropy Capital looks at why “after widespread warnings of the death of charity campaigning, a grand total of four charities” have decided to register with the Electoral Commission, the regulator responsible for implementing the new lobbying law,

Comments from the Electoral Commission’s on social media use, as reported at, have created some concern. Monitoring employee Twitter use, if organisations have asked them to campaign, is unworkable according to Civil Society Media piece at An article from NCVO, however, suggests ways of avoiding a “teacup-sized storm”.

OSCR, the Scottish charity regulator, has just (15th October) published its general guidance on charity campaigning on political issues, aimed at supporting charities in the run-up to the May general election.

Bates Wells Braithwaite solicitors have produced a ‘legal perspective’ on General Election 2015, covering various issues under the new law, including the need for a distinction between employee and volunteer time. Online (uberflip) version at (may take a while to load).