Charities asked to respond to review of Lobbying Act

Charities have been asked to respond to a review of third party campaigning which will assess the effect of the Lobbying Act on independence of voice in the sector.

The Third Party Campaigning Review, chaired by Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, is preparing to send out surveys in order to gather evidence in the run up to the general election.

There are three surveys: one intended for third parties, one for candidates and another for returning officers. In a statement, Hodgson said that the surveys should take between 5-10 minutes to complete and could be completed by June 7.

Hodgson’s statement also outlined what the review’s “next steps on engagement” will be:

  • A call for evidence, intended to capture views in a more discursive manner, which will be launched post-election;
  • Roundtables, to obtain further views; and
  • Focus groups, to test emerging findings.

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