Charity Commission's view of the impact of the Lobbying Act
At the Charity Commission public meeting in Manchester on 3 July 2014, Caroline Cooke, the Commission's head of policy engagement and foresight stated that she was not expecting that many charities would need to register with the Electoral Commission as third-party campaigners ahead of the 2015 general election.
Ms Cooke advised larger charities that spend large amounts of money on campaigning to check with the Electoral Commission as to whether they need to register.
Please see the article in Civil Society for further details.
The Electoral Commission regulates the rules that non-party campaigners must follow in the period before a general election. In respect of the 2015 election that period commences on 19th September 2014.
Changes were made to the requirement to register and the rules that apply by the Transparency of Lobbying Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (known as the Lobbying Act).
The Electoral Commission has promised to issue guidance for charities on the need to register by the end of July 2014.