BWB have been mentioned in Civil Society having said that new guidance from the Charity Commission is inconsistent with CC9 and does not reflect the underlying law on campaigning.
Lawyers from BWB have been quoted saying that “The new guidance states that: ‘This guidance is for charities that may be considering public involvement in the debate leading to the European Union (EU) Referendum on 23 June 2016. Such activity will amount to political activity. Charities will need to be aware of what the law permits and does not permit them to do.’ We do not agree with the unqualified statement that ‘such activity will amount to political activity’.”
There has been concern that trustees may be deterred unnecessarily from taking action in support of their charity’s purposes by the repeated references to the potential for regulatory action to be taken by the Commission against charities which become involved in this debate.
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Posted on 21/03/2016 in BWB In The MediaBack to Knowledge