FAQs on the Lobbying Act

Our document, ‘Charities and the Lobbying Act: Frequently asked questions’, is now available.

This document condenses in the most helpful way as possible the many Parliamentary briefings we produced while the Act was being debated, as well as the meetings with the Electoral Commission and conversations with Ministers that we have had over the past six months.

Although we aren’t yet in the position to answer every single question, as the Electoral Commission is currently in the process of producing its new guidance, the aim is to start addressing some of the key concerns that the Act has raised. Many of the questions were first asked during the breakfast seminar on the Lobbying Act we held last month, but I have since attended a number of similar events and spoken to various organisations, and there are some recurring themes.

Our document covers:

  • where and when the new rules apply
  • which charities need to register
  • regulated activities.

Other resources

To anyone who hasn’t already done so, I would also suggest subscribing to the Electoral Commission’s updates for non-party campaigners which are providing useful clarification about the new rules before the guidance is available.

Any questions?

If you have questions which haven’t been answered yet, please email me or leave a comment below.

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Elizabeth Chamberlain Elizabeth has been in NCVO’s policy team since 2008, as the expert on charity law and regulation. Her policy interests also include charity campaigning, the sector’s independence, transparency, and accountability.

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