Browsing All posts tagged under »Lobbying Act«

The Lobbying Act: Everything is not OK

June 1, 2015

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With the General Election over, the public debate about the Lobbying Act has subsided and the restrictions it placed on campaigners have been temporarily lifted. But the Act sent charities reeling during the campaign, the pernicious impact of its stifling threat to freedom of speech is still being felt and confusion caused by poor Electoral Commission […]

Charities: unleash your press officers

April 30, 2015

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The Lobbying Act has had a dampening impact on what charities have been able to campaign on during the election. It has succeeded in muzzling the sector from campaigning on anything which could be seen to influence how the electorate vote. Despite reassurance from industry bodies like the PRCA that campaigners should continue with business […]

How much did Boots spend attacking Labour?

February 3, 2015

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The Lobbying Act is in full force and charities are apparently scaling back political comment in fear of being reprimanded by the Electoral Commission for being a non-party campaigner. But corporates are not so shy. Take Boots’ attack on Ed Miliband and the resulting argument with the Labour party. With the Lobbying Act limiting spending on regulated PR […]

Trust in charities collapses; but ethics are key to rebuilding faith

January 20, 2015

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The must-read annual Edelman Trust Barometer (see below for the full report) has just been published and its message is clear: If you want to build trust be social and be ethical. The Barometer finds that, globally, trust in charities, NGOs, business and media has declined across the board and the UK is ranked as […]

Another threat to charities’ freedom of speech

January 11, 2015

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Want to sneak out a threat to freedom of speech in the UK? Worried about the backlash from charities and campaigners? Not to fear, Friday December 19th (or “fall-over Friday”) was a perfect time to bury some bad news. Or at least, this is presumably what was being discussed at the Charity Commission when deciding how to deal with […]

Three predictions for charity campaigns in 2015

January 5, 2015

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With the political parties kick-starting the longest General Election campaign in history this week, politics will clearly have a major impact on charity campaigns in 2015. But as PR Week reveals, it’s not the only issue campaigners and charity PRs will face in (early) 2015: 1. The Lobbying Act will continue to confuse charities and campaigners. Part 2 of the […]

19th September 2014: The end of press conferences?

September 19, 2014

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Press conferences have had a good run. From calming public nerves in a crisis (or not if you are Malaysian Airlines) to launching campaigns and announcing mundane company results, press conferences have been at the heart of the PR’s repartee for decades. But while the media’s attention is focused on Scotland, the Lobbying Act came […]