Charity campaigning is being given an undeserved bad name by people "promoting the notion that it is a dirty word", according to the crossbench peer Lord Low of Dalston.
Low, who is leading a review of sector regulation for the charity leaders group Acevo, was speaking at the Directory of Social Change charity law conference in London at a session on the Charity Commission. He said one of his five priorities for the commission was to understand the importance of campaigning. It was, he said, "nothing more than giving people information that it is essential for them to have".
His other priorities for the commission, he said, were its change programme, getting the balance of advice and compliance right, securing funding of social sector regulators and "better partnership working with other regulators, and/or shared data standards, especially with Companies House and HM Revenue & Customs".