Is the Lobbying Act ‘chilling’ your campaigning?
Around 90% of campaigners believe that campaigning in the voluntary and
charity sector is under threat, and that the situation
has been getting worse. Most believe government measures, such as the Lobbying
Act, are to blame.
However the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Survey also found that just 13% are campaigning less. Speak to many, though, and you will hear that the ‘chilling effect’ is the result of over-anxiety about regulation or ignorance of how to apply the law. In other words, the solution is in the hands of campaigners, not policy-makers.
Can you help the Sheila McKechnie Foundation uncover the real story? Please share your experiences in our anonymous online survey (supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Directory of Social Change).
If you are involved in campaigning in the voluntary and charity sector, this survey is for you. You don’t need to be an expert on the Lobbying Act, and it will also ask about other factors that might be affecting you.
Click here now to take the survey.
It’s vital that the sector has up-to-date evidence when it speaks to government and regulators about the campaigning environment. So, even if you have completed similar surveys in the past, they still need your views.
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation plan to publish a final report, including other research from in-depth interviews and a focus group, in May.