Monthly Archives: April 2015

So who’s breaking the political rules?

Most of the recent rhetoric about charities being too political has been about challenges to the Conservative-led government: think of the row about the Oxfam tweet and criticism of charities by ministers including Chris Grayling and Eric Pickles. So it’s ironic that the first instances to come to light in the election campaign concern four charities that added their name to The Daily Telegraph’s front page plea to vote Conservative. The Charity Commission is asking them to “remedy the situation swiftly.”

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Gagging to get rid of the gagging act?

I have spent a fair bit of time over the past few weeks speaking to people about the lobbying act, putting together a feature that begins on page 32 of the May edition of Third Sector, out today. A feeling I got from this, and previous experiences, is that a number of people are not really speaking their mind about the act.

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