A free guide to campaigning within the Lobbying Act to help charities understand what is within the law has been published by Campaign Collective today. Five Quick Tips:
- Stay focused: If you have a campaign underway, it is unlikely to be covered by the Act
- Stay neutral: Don’t be party political, and don’t publicly shame politicians who don’t support you.
- Stay within the law: check out the public and purpose tests
- Stay clever: There are plenty of campaign tactics not covered by the Act
- Stay on top of time: Keep records of time and expenses spent on regulator
What’s the Point of the Lobbying Act? The announcement of the vote sent charities into administrative fervor, and led to important campaigning work being scaled back or postponed. Creating greater transparency in who lobbies is something we can all get behind, but the Lobbying Act not only fails in this objective, it also has the unacceptable side effect of stifling debate at key political periods.
Any charity that aims to influence policy will know they are competing for political attention. Decisions made by policy makers are influenced by many different factors: their values, judgements, and the complex realm of evidence and campaigns. This melting pot of ideas could be seen as a place that distracts from charities’ campaigns, but instead can be an opportunity for charities to influence policy. Read what nfp Synergy have to say.
A Snap Election – What Should Charities be Doing? In a political world where leaks are routine, Theresa May’s announcement of an election campaign seems to have caught everyone by surprise. Charities will not have made detailed plans for an election, so it’s worth thinking about what we should be doing to make sure we’re part of the debate.
The General Election and Campaigning – What You Need to Know: Once an election is called we enter into a pre-election period during which specific rules apply both in charity law and election law. Make sure you are complying.