Charities 'gagged' by lobbying law

More than 100 charities have signed an open letter to the new civil society minister saying they are being prevented from speaking out on behalf of the poorest and most marginalised in society by a law intended to tackle political lobbying.

08/09/2017
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The charities, including Save the Children, Greenpeace and Christian Aid, say campaigning is being curtailed or suppressed by the 'draconian' requirements of the Lobbying Act.
 

The Act was initially intended to tackle corporate lobbying and stop wealthy pressure groups and individuals from influencing election results. But charities have warned that it had a dampening effect on their sector during the general election, with many having to alter or reduce campaigning activities as a result. Now there are calls to overhaul the legislation. Read more here.

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