Sector responds on grant lobbying restrictions

A raft of charity chief executives have signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to reverse the decision to add an anti-advocacy clause into grant agreements. The signatories include sector bodies NCVO, ACEVO, Charity Finance Group and Charities Aid Foundation.

NCVO has the text of the letter or see Civil Society News coverage.

SCVO, Scotland’s equivalent to NCVO, has also issued a ‘position statement on UK Government anti-advocacy clause for Government funding‘. (The Scottish Government’s social justice minister has produced a statement too, and confirmed that “the Scottish Government has robust controls in place and will not add this clause to its grant offer letters”.)

Unanswered questions

The Minister for Civil Society has written in Third Sector magazine, restating the purpose of the anti-advocacy clause from the government’s point of view. NCVO has responded with ‘Five unanswered questions on the anti-advocacy clause‘:

  • Which specific activities are permitted and not permitted?
  • How will spending be monitored?
  • What impact assessment has been done?
  • What evidence is there to justify the anti-advocacy clause?
  • How is this consistent with the rest of government policy?

Add your voice

Local sector support body NAVCA supported the joint letter and is enabling others to add their voice to the campaign by creating a petition on change.org – Speak out for your communities.

Also see NCVO’s article ‘Anti-advocacy clause – what you can do next‘.

Types of grant

NCVO’s website also has ‘Three types of grant funding that will be affected by the new anti-advocacy clause‘. Namely delivery projects, policy development, and research. The article finishes with:

We’re trying to build up a broader picture of how this will affect charities. If you receive grant funding and think you may be affected by the new clause, please contact me with further details.

Further reading

Last week’s VoluntaryNews item: ‘New government grant clause to limit charity influence‘.