Government moves on anti-advocacy clause, grant scrutiny

The government is “pausing on implementation” of the anti-advocacy clause in grant agreements. It also attacks “irresponsible and immoral practices” at some large fundraising organisations in response to a parliamentary committee report, and promises greater scrutiny of charity grants.

Paused clause

The Westminster government has announced that is “continuing to consider the comments of all interested parties”, ahead of the introduction of the ‘anti-advocacy’ clause into grant agreements.

Civil Society News coverage includes a quote

This government has succeeded in uniting the entirety of the British voluntary sector against it.

while a joint statement from NCVO, ACEVO and Social Enterprise UK “continue(s) to call for the full and immediate withdrawal of this policy”. They have also asked the government to consider a formal consultation with the charity sector and other affected bodies.

Government responses on fundraising and Kids Company inquiries

The government’s response to the report ‘2015 charity fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission, and regulators’, produced by the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, has been published. Also its response to ‘The collapse of Kids Company: lessons for charity trustees, professional firms, the Charity Commission, and Whitehall’.

Both are available in web or pdf formats from this Committee web page.

Civil Society News covers the two reports separately:

On fundraising, the government believes that  “irresponsible and immoral practices” at some large fundraising organisations has damaged the sector as a whole, in its response to a parliamentary committee report on fundraising.

On the collapse of Kids Company, the government has promised that there will be greater scrutiny before awarding grants to charities.