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Successful tax credit campaign sets example for charity lobbying – study

The success of the campaign against proposed changes to tax credits should provide food for thought for charities lobbying on behalf of their own causes, a think tank has said.

New Philanthropy Capital’s analysis of the consequences of the Autumn Statement and Spending Review found the campaign to halt tax credit changes relied on robust evidence of the proposals’ impact.

“The treasury is lobbied on thousands of causes every year,” NPC head of policy and external affairs Patrick Murray said. “There is no reason why charities won’t get a fair hearing, and [the] tax credits u-turn shows how important impact data is to making your case politically powerful.”

Charities and the Chancellor warns that local authorities in the poorest areas of the UK may face the biggest shortfalls, after new powers were announced allowing local authorities to fund social care through Council Tax rises and for new metro-mayors to fund infrastructure through higher business rates.

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