CAF comments on the Labour Party Election manifesto

16 May 2017

Commenting on the launch of the Labour Party's Election manifesto, John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

"Labour's commitment to scrapping the Lobbying Act will be music to the ears of charities and would give them the freedom and confidence to speak up for changes that the most vulnerable people in society need.  At a time when there is significant social and political upheaval across the world, it is more important than ever that those on the margins of society and minority groups are given a voice.  Charities can be that voice and this would preserve the principle of charity advocacy that has done so much to make the UK a decent place to live.

"Many of the policy areas that the Labour Party addresses in its manifesto will resonate with charities, including a focus on mental health, social care, loneliness and stronger communities.  It is therefore disappointing that there is little said about a broader vision for the role of charities in modern Britain, or how government can help to inspire greater participation in giving and volunteering.  Charities underpin communities across the country and are core to addressing many of these challenges - it is essential that they are not disregarded during this Election.

"It is positive that both the Labour Party and Plaid Cymru have committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on international aid, and that there is an emerging cross-party consensus on this issue.  Not only does the UK's international budget provide essential support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the world, but it also helps boost our global standing and ability to encourage other countries to adopt the liberal, democratic values that we hold dear.  It is important that our aid contribution is seen as a symbol of national pride and celebrated as an example of the best of British values."
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