• October 21, 2017

    Three organisations representing thousands of charities have asked the Electoral Commission to explain its opposition to reform of the Lobbying Act.

  • September 16, 2017

    The government has said it will not reform the Lobbying Act, despite the recommendations of an independent review.

  • March 23, 2015

    New rules aimed at preventing civil servants from speaking to the media without ministers’ approval have been strongly criticised. They follow a drive to gag charities receiving public funding.

  • January 23, 2015

    New research reveals "a climate of fear" that prevents charities and other voluntary groups from tackling the root causes of poverty.

  • November 10, 2014

    The Christian Funders’ Forum (CFF) has announced that it is launching its first ever Christian social action awards ceremony.

  • July 29, 2014

    Children England, along with many of their member organisations and the TUC have published a new joint agreement on the future of children’s services commissioning.

  • January 15, 2014

    There has been a united, determined campaign against the gagging impact of the Lobbying Bill on the part of voluntary groups and NGOs. Some will therefore think it a shame that a minority of charities, and the Charities Aid Foundation, have at this late stage chosen the path of seeking exemptions for themselves rather than focussing on the wider considerations.

  • January 13, 2014

    Lord Paul Tyler, Liberal Democrat spokesman in the Lords on constitutional reform issues, and Baroness Shirley Williams, former leader of Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have attacked Caroline Lucas MP as "misguided and wrong" in her concerns about the Lobbying Bill – namely, that unless significantly amended (or better, scrapped and completely redrafted) it will let corporate lobbyists off the hook while gagging non-party organisations and unions.

  • September 5, 2013

    The government's new lobbying bill has united charities, unions and other NGOs - as well as civil rights activists - in condemnation for measures that will do too little to combat serious corporate interference in politics, but will provide the pretext to limit and intimidate legitimate policy-based work by non-government and non-party political bodies.

  • August 21, 2013

    The UK government is seeking to rush a new law through Parliament which would heavily limit action on political and social issues in the twelve months before an election. This threat to basic freedoms could have drastic consequences.