General election 2019

What does the 2019 general election mean for you?

Some charities are campaigning on the causes and beneficiaries that they care about. This includes talking to politicians and the media, or campaigning and raising public awareness about the changes you want to see or policies that you think the next government should adopt.

This is a really good thing: we encourage you to speak up. We also want to help you. If your charity campaigns or engages with politicians, there are some rules that apply in the run-up to the election.

What have we published to help?

There are two main areas of law for you to think about:

  • charity law and guidance, which applies year round and is mainly about what charities can and cannot do
  • electoral law and guidance, which applies in a regulated election period and which is mainly about when you do and (more commonly for charities) don’t have to register with the Electoral Commission.

We’ve put a guide together to cover these issues and point you to the right guidance.

We also held a webinar with Bond and Bates Wells on campaigning during the election period on 14 November, which you can watch here.

What is NCVO talking about and what are other charities doing?

NCVO has published a manifesto for this year’s general election, which you can read here. Chris Walker has also written a blog about some of the activities charities have been undertaking during the election period.

Who can help at NCVO?

At NCVO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. both work on issues relating to charity campaigning and are happy to help with questions.

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