Following months of damaging opposition the Cabinet Office announced today they are suspending the lobbying clause.
This morning I challenged Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock on the Lobbying Clause. If enacted it will introduce disproportionate levels of bureaucracy for charities and draconian restrictions on how they can use grant money.
The clause presents a serious threat to charity efforts to inform Government policy. Efforts to advocate for those most vulnerable would be restricted. Effectively the legislation silences charities who disagree with Government. Many Conservatives have joined Opposition and third sector calls for its desertion.
Paul Flynn: Six years after the Government promised to crack down on lobbyists, the big corporate lobbyists are free to lobby, in secret and anonymously, but the worthy charities are having their lives made a misery by new bureaucracy. Why do the Government consistently dabble in the shallows, worrying the minnows, while the big, fat salmon swim by unhindered?
The clause was due to come into effect on May 1st but an update published on the Cabinet Office webpage today confirmed they are suspending it.
Backtracking the Government “are pausing the implementation pending a review of the representations made and will take a decision on the form of the clause following this review.”