Government grants and charity lobbying

Plenty of media coverage on the statement from the government’s Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that charities would be stripped of grants if they campaigned against government. Civil Society News article, for instance. The official press release, with quotes and link to the full statement to Parliament, is at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eric-pickles-cracks-down-wasteful-spending-of-government-lobbying-government

NCVO’s Director of Public Policy gives some excellent background to the problem with the Pickles approach in ‘Grants, lobbying and voluntary organisations‘. It includes the following:

It’s not without irony that today’s story broke more or less at the same time that NHS England has published its model grant agreement, together with its Bite Sized Guide To Grants. One of the core principles of the guidance is that grants help government to hear from people who traditionally it finds it difficult to deliver services to.

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