This is a significant victory for ACEVO and the wider charity sector in our mission to ensure that charities remain free to campaign. We are pleased to see that our message has been heard and our consistent pressure has paid off. The Charity Commission has listened and we welcome that.
Declaring spending on campaigns has nothing to do with transparency and everything to do with pandering to a meaningless and infantilised debate that suggests charities should ‘put up and shut up.’ Our view is clear: it would be a dereliction of duty for any charity to see injustice or poverty and not speak up about it – and a dereliction of duty for the regulator to encourage it.
We hope this will bring this nonsense to an end, and we’ll continue to work closely with the Commission and to monitor events carefully.
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