Lobbying Act comes into force today

Lobbying Act comes into force today

19 Sep 2014 | Kirsty Weakley

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 comes into force today, which limits the amount charities can spend on campaigning in the lead-up to the general election.


Lobbying Act comes into force today

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Trustee of St Paul's asks Occupy protestors to leave

The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, a trustee of the St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, has asked the Occupy the London Stock Exchange protestors, who have been camping outside the Cathedral for the past 16 days, to “withdraw peacefully”.

Stephen Lloyd, senior partner, Bates Wells & Braithwaite

The long-term effect of the Upper Tribunal’s judgment on public benefit and independent schools will be a “shrunken and cautious Charity Commission”, according to charity lawyer Stephen Lloyd.


Labour’s cunning plan to force public schools to prove they provide public benefit has failed, says Stephen Lloyd.

Baldslow War Memorial Hall

A Sussex village hall due to host a talk by BNP leader Nick Griffin on Sunday cancelled the event after council bosses threatened to remove its rates relief  if the meeting went ahead.

Charities are not elected, and in their reports and press releases they claim an authority they may/should not enjoy.

» Charities can't avoid being political

Say thank-you to volunteers, says policy expert

Charities have to remember to say “thank-you” to volunteers so they feel valued and continue; and government should be cautious about telling people to volunteer, an NCVO policy officer has advised.

Lemony Snicket

We’ve scoured the World Wide Web to bring you some interesting snippets of what civil society is up to in the UK and around the world this week.

Largesse or ligature? Do corporate boards really get charity?

The structure surrounding a charity embedded in a corporate host can pay dividends, but to what extent does it also limit the charity's potential? David Philpott muses.

'Disparate' benevolent sector must come together

Benevolent charities must look to collaboration as a solution to combatting funding cuts and increased competition for grants, according to a new report looking at the challenges facing the benevolent sector.

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