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, http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/dont-all-rush-at-once/.

Comments from the Electoral Commission’s on social media use, as reported at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/18326/, have created some concern. Monitoring employee Twitter use, if organisations have asked them to campaign, is unworkable according to Civil Society Media piece at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/blogs/content/18347/. 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 http://bwbmarketingdepartment.uberflip.com/i/384649 (may take a while to load).