SNP election manifesto – CAF response

Responding to the Scottish National Party’s general election manifesto, Steve Clapperton, Campaigns Manager at the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“The SNP’s commitment to repealing the parts of the Lobbying Act which have restricted charities’ ability to speak up for the most vulnerable people in society is to be welcomed. CAF has long called for the Lobbying Act to be repealed. The SNP is correct to note the negative impact that it is having on charities, and it is important that all parties commit to embracing the principle of charity advocacy.

“The commitment to protecting a 0.7% spend on GDP has now been supported by almost all of the UK’s political parties. After this election the government should seek to work with charities to ensure that our overseas aid strategy is doing all it can to reduce global poverty and strengthen civil society around the world.

“Unfortunately the SNP, like many of the other parties, has failed to adequately set out a positive future for charities in its manifesto. Many of the issues it raises, including tackling gender inequality and poverty and securing environmental protections, are areas where charities can play an important role so it is disappointing that this is not explicitly acknowledged. We hope that politicians from all sides will now commit to working with charities on these vital issues.”

Notes to editors

Further commentary on each of the political parties' manifestos can be found on the new CAF Public Affairs Blog.

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