The charity leaders’ network ACEVO is shocked and disappointed by the latest erosion of free speech and advocacy proposed by Cabinet Minster Matthew Hancock.
Charities by their very nature are best placed to know what is needed by the people and causes they serve. To restrict the sector from drawing the Government’s attention to gaps or failures of service is not only draconian but self-defeating.
Charities’ daily experience gathers vital intelligence and a profound understanding of society’s needs, intelligence and understanding which are crucial to the formulation and delivery of responsible and meaningful policy.
ACEVO urges the Government immediately to reconsider this proposal and withdraw it.