Charity Commission announces review of campaigning guidance – NCVO comment

Speaking at the Civil Society APPG, Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex announced that its campaigning guidance, CC9, will be assessed following the general election.

The Charity Commission Guidance on Campaigning and Political Activity by Charities (CC9) clarifies the legal framework for charities engaged in campaigning and political activities as a means of fulfilling their charitable purposes.

In particular, the guidance makes clear that campaigning and political activity can be legitimate and valuable activities for charities to undertake, but a charity must never be party political or give its support in any way to a political party.

Responding to the announcement, NCVO's chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington said:

'Within the context of recent media and political comment, NCVO's members regularly tell us of their concerns that their right to campaign is under threat. They also tell us that CC9 is useful and informative and that it strikes the right balance between protecting legitimate campaigning and guarding against undue influence.

We think CC9 is fit for purpose and that it has stood the test of time. NCVO and its members look forward to working under this guidance in the future.'

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