Charity campaigning gets party conference focus

One of the hot topics from the recent party conference as far as charities were concerned was the place of campaigning in their activities.

NCVO’s Stuart Etherington has a good, short, article on arguments in favour of campaigning by charities which receive government funding.

Civil Society News covers the suggestion at the Conservative Party Conference that government departments should place clauses in all charity contracts preventing organisations from using public money to campaign.

The minister for civil society Rob Wilson later gave clear backing to charities’ right to campaign in a letter – again see Civil Society News.

Hodgson review of lobbying law

Solicitors Bates Wells Braithwaite, in particular their specialist Electoral, Political and Campaigning Law team, have given their “strong view … that there has been a chilling effect on campaigning by third parties in general, and charities in particular, as a direct result of the 2014 Act (the lobbying law)”.

Charity campaigning ‘abandoned or altered’ because of Lobbying Act, warns BWB on Civil Society News, or see BWB’s article on their response to the Hodgson review.

Conservative Friends of the Third Sector

Third Sector magazine reports that a group is being set up to give a voice to Tories who work in the charity sector. Unfortunately the article is subscriber only.