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Lobbying Act must be repealed after the Election – CAF

30 May 2017

Responding to reports today that charities have been prevented from speaking out during the General Election campaign, Steve Clapperton, Campaigns Manager at the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“It is extremely concerning that some charities have felt unable to speak out on behalf of their beneficiaries during this General Election campaign.

“CAF has consistently warned that the Lobbying Act may deter charities from fulfilling their important role in our democracy.

“Concern is building among charities and politicians - including some MPs who initially supported the Act - who have noted the absence of charities in policy debates where they would normally represent expert views on behalf of their often marginalised beneficiaries.

“It is both legitimate and vital that charities are able to positively influence Government and opposition policies.

“After the election all parties need to come together to acknowledge the damaging impact of the Lobbying Act, and commit to repealing it.”


Notes to Editors

  1. Earlier this year CAF published a paper ‘Do As I Say, Not As I Do’, on the impact of policies like the Lobbying Act on civil society: https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/publications/2016-publications/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do
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