The Conservative peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts has begun collecting evidence for his review of part 2 of the lobbying act.
Hodgson, who also carried out the official review of the Charities Act 2006, was appointed in January to carry out a review of the part of the act that deals with third-party campaigners, seen by some in the sector as an attempt to curb charities’ campaigning activities.
The law says that the review should be produced by November 2016, but Hodgson has said he hopes to have it published by the end of this year.
The review body – which consists of Hodgson supported by two staff seconded from the Cabinet Office – has been given a section on the Gov.uk website that gives contact details for anyone who wants to provide evidence. It is also to be found on Twitter at @Review3rdParty.
Hodgson and his team were taking evidence at round-table events in Edinburgh on Wednesday and Belfast yesterday, and will be in Cardiff on Tuesday next week.
Further round tables will be organised, and people who want to give feedback or contact the review team are directed to email here.