United front against charity “gagging” law

A coalition of leading UK charities, including Oxfam, Save the Children and the Salvation Army, has written to national leaders of political parties asking for the recent legislation restricting their voice to be repealed.

In the letter they “ask that you commit your party to repealing part two of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, apart from the raised Electoral Commission registration thresholds, in the first session of Parliament after the election.” They also ask that the previous inadequate legislation should be reviewed within eighteen months of the general election in May.

Third Force News gives a few more detailshttp://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/management/charities-unite-to-repel-lobbying-act while The Independent has more discussion and background on the current restrictions at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/charities-warn-gagging-law-stops-them-campaigning-on-election-issues-10054889.html.