Calls for action on lobbying

Written by Mark Evans

A coalition of charities has urged the Government to reform the Lobbying Act after its restrictions appear to have prevented issues from being raised during the 2017 election campaign.

The Act has been criticised in that the provisions on 'non-party campaigners' stifle charities’ advocacy role, and the coalition has called for the recommendations of the government-commissioned review (Lord Hodgson’s 2016 review) to be implemented, with approximately 30 changes.

Bond, the organisation for charities associated with international development, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, ACEVO, the Charities Aid Foundation, the Small Charities Coalition and the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action have all put their names to a letter to Damian Green, the new Minister for the Cabinet Office, calling for the reforms.

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