Lobbying transparency bill – NCVO response

Responding to the government’s lobbying bill published today, Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

"This is a missed opportunity to restore some trust in politics. People have a right to know who is trying to influence policy and why. The best way to achieve full transparency is with a universal register, run by an independent body, linked to a clear code of conduct.

"While charities aren’t generally thought to be part of the problem, we believe they should nevertheless have the highest standards of accountability and transparency. Given the narrow scope of this bill, we will create our own code of good practice for charities lobbying and campaigning, in order to make sure we retain the current high levels of public trust and confidence in charities."

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