Good and bad news on charity advocacy and campaigning

The government’s Cabinet Office has come up with a replacement to the ‘anti-advocacy’ clause for grant agreements which was proposed earlier this year.

These standards will be adopted by all departments to make sure that taxpayers’ money, awarded through government grants, is properly agreed and spent.

Official news release.

NCVO’s response leads with “charities have welcomed substantial changes to the government’s planned anti-lobbying clause”

The new grant standards unveiled today take a substantially more sophisticated approach than the original clause, and explicitly safeguard the important role of charities and others in presenting evidence to government and parliamentarians.

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Lords debate charity campaigning

In ‘Charities and lobbying – what do the Lords think?‘, NCVO’s web pages take a look at what has come out of recent significant discussion in the House of Lords on the role of lobbying, and in particular the role that charities play.

One discussion was around a private member’s bill (unlikely to get anywhere) to repeal the existing register of lobbyists, and replace it with a much more comprehensive bill covering in-house lobbyists, including those who work for charities. » Continue reading news item ... “Lords debate charity campaigning”

Give your views on sector campaigning issues

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation, the organisation dedicated to helping campaigners create positive and lasting social change, is running a campaign sector survey.

The results will both guide internal thinking and planning and inform the Foundation’s public commentary and policy work. The  two key areas where views are wanted are:

1. What can SMK and others do to ensure that the environment for campaigning is protected and positive? » Continue reading news item ... “Give your views on sector campaigning issues”

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. » Continue reading news item ... “Government moves on anti-advocacy clause, grant scrutiny”

Government urges sector voice on referendum, but not elsewhere

As reported by Civil Society News, the government has indicated that it will exempt researchers and academics from the anti-advocacy clause in grant contracts, but not charities. See previous VoluntaryNews coverage on grant lobbying restrictions for background.

Separately, the civil society minister has urged charities to speak up in the EU referendum debate. Report in The Guardian, where NCVO’s director of policy pointed out that “his remarks set a notably different tone from that of the Charity Commission”, which had said that charities should only get involved in exceptional circumstances. » Continue reading news item ... “Government urges sector voice on referendum, but not elsewhere”

Pointers to making real change

New from sector consultancy nfpSynergy is ‘Past Imperfect’, examining data to try and see what changes in charity areas of activity, for better or worse, have taken place over the last few decades.  The areas covered were cancer, heart disease, disability, poverty, and the environment.

There is an overview of the report’s conclusions, in ‘How can charities change the world?‘. There is of course a download link too for the full report (registration required). » Continue reading news item ... “Pointers to making real change”