Charity Commission to review charity campaigning guidance

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The Charity Commission has announced measures to monitor charity campaigning in the run-up to the 2015 general election and ensure its campaigning guidance remains fit for purpose.

The first of these measures is a 'rapid response case handling system' to respond to concerns reported to the Commission about charities' campaigning activities in the run-up to the election. It will enable the Commission to "follow up any concerns that are raised about charities’ activity swiftly, giving charities and the public confidence as to what is, and what is not acceptable." It stresses that this is of particular importance following the introduction of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act.

The second strand will involve post-election monitoring, using test cases and evidence collected in the run-up to the election, of how their campaigning guidance (CC9: Speaking out: guidance on campaigning and political activity by charities) is working in practice.

However, the Commission has made it clear that its current guidance still stands and that the election is simply an opportunity to gather evidence to inform a future review. It stressed further that charities can continue to rely on the current guidance when planning their campaigning and political activity ahead of the general election. "If we do consider revisions should be made to CC9, we will say so publicly and consult widely."

View the link to read the Charity Commission's statement on the review.