NCVO response to lobbying bill amendments announcement

Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

"The government made a commitment to ensure that normal campaigning is not inadvertently impacted by this rushed legislation. We will be taking legal advice on the proposed amendments when they are published to determine whether they have met this commitment. We will also discuss them with our members.

In particular, the amendments must work for all voluntary organisations, as well as registered charities. More generally, we continue to have concerns that the legislation overall remains unduly burdensome and bureaucratic, leaving too much discretion to the Electoral Commission."

We set out our expectations for amendments to the bill in a letter to Andrew Lansley earlier this week.

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