A snap general election – what should charities be doing?

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20 April, 2017
Chris Walker, a Senior External Relations Officer at NCVO, has published an interesting blog this week, following the announcement of a snap general election in June 2017.
 
The announcement, which came as a shock to many and will have ramifications across sectors - the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is no exception. The blog encourages groups to begin thinking about what they should be doing now to make sure they are part of the debate and aware of the important issues that will affect them.
 
The first thing for charities to do is re-familiarise themselves with Charity Commission election campaigning guidance to ensure they are compliant with charity law surrounding campaigning during elections and the Lobbying Act.
 
The piece continues by outlining the opportunity that currently exists to influence party manifesto’s and their campaign commitments for the election. NCVO will be doing their own important work to influence these manifestos – as Chris says, “an election provides an excellent opportunity to make the case for the changes we want to see, and to make sure that the voice of charities is heard loud and clear.”
 
Read the full blog here.
 
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