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Electoral Commission lobbying act guidance says charities must record staff use of social media

Charities must record employees’ use of social media if it is part of organised campaign activity as specified by the lobbying act, the Electoral Commission has said.

New guidance published this month by the commission sets out what organisations, including charities, need to know about their use of social media and the lobbying act.

Charities must record their spending on “regulated campaign activity” under the act, which became law earlier this year.

Organisations that spend more than £20,000 in England – or £10,000 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – in the run-up to elections on activity that could be reasonably expected to influence voting intentions must register with the Electoral Commission.


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