NCVO: Brexit will be large part of general election debate

Commenting on the announcement of the general election, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

We will be using the coming weeks to remind politicians of all parties of the crucial role of charities and volunteering in our national life. We know that, with the right conditions, charities can make an even bigger difference.

Brexit is going to be a very big part of the election debate. Charities have many interests in Brexit negotiations, for example on freedom of movement and staffing. Now is the time to make the case for policies and positions that would be best for them and the people they work for.

An NCVO spokesman added:

One of the most immediate actions for any charity will be to remind themselves of the Charity Commission guidance on campaigning during an election period. It’s crucial that charities take what opportunities they can during what will be quite a short election period to get their issues on the agenda, but that they are also extra vigilant about party political neutrality.

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