Responding to the announcement of a ‘pause on implementation’ on the anti-lobbying clause, NCVO, Acevo and Social Enterprise UK issued a joint statement:
‘Following correspondence with the Cabinet Office, we are pleased to see that the government has ‘paused on implementation’ of its anti-lobbying clause.
‘We continue to call for the full and immediate withdrawal of this policy. The clause, as it stands, goes much further than it says on the tin and will deter many charities and social enterprises from making representations to government and parliament.
‘We look forward to hearing more from government on how they will proceed – in particular we have asked them to consider a formal consultation with the charity sector and other affected bodies.
‘We also require urgent clarification of how this pause will apply to those organisations that already have grant agreements containing the anti-lobbying clause.’
This has been extensively covered in the media. A sample of these stories are below.
Government `pausing on implementation? of anti-advocacy clause
Civil Society (Web), Unattributed, 27/04/16
and not wasted on government lobbying government.”The new clause is set to be introduced on 1 May. Charities have previously written to the Prime Minister outlining concerns and NCVO and Acevo put out a joint statement reiterating their concerns ahead of the Lords’discussion.Last week the government indicated that it will exempt researchers and academics from the anti-advocacy clause in grant
Government pauses implementation of anti-lobbying clause
ThirdSector (Web), Unattributed, 27/04/16
A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said there was no set timescale for implementation of the clause at this stage. Responding to the announcement, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations , Acevo and Social Enterprise UK issued a joint statement that said: “Following correspondence with the Cabinet Office, we are pleased to see that the government has ‘paused on implementation’ of
Sector leaders welcome pause in implementation of anti-influencing clause
Charity Times (Web), Unattributed, 27/04/16
pending a review of the representations made and we will take a decision on the form of the clause following this review,’? the Cabinet Office announced. In a joint statement, Acevo, NCVO, and Social Enterprise UK said they are pleased with the delay, but continued to ‘œcall for the full and immediate withdrawal of this policy’?. ‘œThe clause, as it
Government Suspends Controversial Anti-Lobbying Clause
Buzzfeed (Web), Alan White, 27/04/16
the government will take the pause to consider only representations that have been made so far. Responding to the announcement, third-sector organisations NCVO, Acevo, and Social Enterprise UK issued a joint statement: “Following correspondence with the Cabinet Office, we are pleased to see that the government has ‘paused on implementation’ of its anti-lobbying clause
Contact Chloe Stables at NCVO on 07507 558 597 for further background