Joint statement from NCVO, Acevo and SEUK on anti-lobbying 'pause on implementation'

Responding to the announcement of a 'pause on implementation' on the anti-lobbying clause, NCVO, Acevo and Social Enterprise UK issued a joint statement:

Following correspondence with the Cabinet Office, we are pleased to see that the government has 'paused on implementation' of its anti-lobbying clause.

We continue to call for the full and immediate withdrawal of this policy. The clause, as it stands, goes much further than it says on the tin and will deter many charities and social enterprises from making representations to government and parliament.

We look forward to hearing more from government on how they will proceed – in particular we have asked them to consider a formal consultation with the charity sector and other affected bodies.

We also require urgent clarification of how this pause will apply to those organisations that already have grant agreements containing the anti-lobbying clause.

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Contact Chloe Stables at NCVO on 07507 558 597 for further background.

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