Welsh sector umbrella body WCVA has added its voice to concerns around the anti-advocacy clauses being added to government grant agreements:
We have issued a briefing paper (pdf, 48KB) on the UK Government’s guidelines to prohibit organisations who receive grant funding from using it to lobby. We have also launched a survey for the sector to tell us the impact this guidance will have on them.
.. we reject the notion that government funding should not be used to resource lobbying, campaigning or informing public policy, and say that voluntary organisations have a duty to do exactly that. We believe that all funding should make provision for advocacy and input to improve policy openly and transparently, and that the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission provide adequate safety checks to prevent charities campaigning on behalf of political parties.
The survey is aimed at WCVA members, and should be completed by 16th March.
Also see previous VoluntaryNews item ‘Sector responds on grant lobbying restrictions‘.