8 Mar 2016
Survey issued to gather impact on sector - deadline coming soon!
We have issued a briefing
paper on the UK Government's guidelines to prohibit
organisations who receive grant funding from using it to lobby.
The guidance from the UK Cabinet Office states that 'payments
that support activity intended to influence or attempt to influence
Parliament, Government or political parties' is not 'eligible
expenditure'. In short, money received from UK Government may not
be used for influencing purposes.
In our briefing, we reject the notion that government funding
should not be used to resource lobbying, campaigning or informing
public policy, and say that voluntary organisations have a duty to
do exactly that. We believe that all funding should make provision
for advocacy and input to improve policy openly and transparently,
and that the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission provide
adequate safety checks to prevent charities campaigning on behalf
of political parties.
UK charities operating in Wales will be affected by this, and
shared learning facilitated across the UK will be limited. We are
also concerned that organisations would be unable to improve
services by discussing and sharing what they have learned from
government grant-aided work, which would undermine consultations
from Parliament as they seek evidence to inform legislation.
We believe this is a threat to civil society's role within a
We are surveying our members to clarify the extent of this
threat to them. You can find the
survey here. Please complete it by 16 March 2016.
And you can read the full briefing paper here.