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minister highlights fine line between 'politics' and 'political'

5 September 2014

Leading charities have been critical of the new minister for civil society for appearing to state that charities should stick to their knitting and stay out of politics.

Brooks Newmark’s comments actually related to charities involved in party politics and not campaigning in general but with the forthcoming implementation of the Lobbying Act, charities should be aware of the fine line between supporting a political party and campaigning for change.

The Charity Commission’s guidance is due to be updated to reflect the new Act and charities who wish to start or continue influencing policy should take this opportunity to refresh their understanding.

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