An amendment that would have removed charities from the Lobbying Bill and the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) was torpedoed by the Charity Commission in a key debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday night. … Read the full post »
Read about the debates over the bill which became the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.
The new report from the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement makes some valuable recommendations for improving the controversial Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. However, two of its proposals – made for understandable reasons – risk entrenching flaws with existing legislation. First, there is the deeply flawed exclusion of … Read the full post »
Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of NCVO, said he was pleased the government had listened and “significantly met” the concerns of charities and community groups. … Read the full post »
Neither the current rules regulating lobbying nor those controlling so-called ‘third party’ campaigning (i.e. by someone other than candidates or their parties) are extensive enough. Both need improving. … Read the full post »
The government’s proposed register of lobbyists will exclude most lobbyists as it excludes (1) those who are employed directly by a firm to lobby on its own behalf (in-house lobbyists) and (2) those who work for PR firms and similar if the majority of their work isn’t lobbying. Or in simple picture form, this is … Read the full post »