Gagging clauses in government contracts

Published: Tuesday 6 November 2018 - 23:00

Vicky Browning responds to The Times article on the use of anti-advocacy clauses in government contracts for the Transforming Rehabilitation programme

"Anti-advocacy clauses are anti-democratic. The government should actively encourage the sharing of any information that benefits the public. They are also an example of the imbalance of power that exists between charities seeking funding to provide life-changing services and the government contractors who are able to dictate terms.

"While large charities in receipt of government contracts with anti-advocacy clauses can use other funds to campaign, this isn’t possible for many smaller organisations who are often  working with the most under-represented communities.  

"Unfortunately this practice is not new. Civil society leaders have been calling for a ban of anti-advocacy clauses in all government grants and contracts for a number of years, and I renew that request today."

The Times article on anti-advocacy clauses is available through their website