Campaigners look to Miliband for funding

Campaigning organisations are calling on the Government to back its commitment to their activities and provide more funding.

A discussion forum, organised by think tank nfpSynergy and People and Planet, will today give campaigners the opportunity to air their views.

Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy, and Ian Leggett, director of People and Planet, will meet third sector minister Ed Miliband tomorrow to seek a firm commitment to their cause. Miliband said last month he wanted to create a culture conducive to campaigning. "Our research shows that the main issue for campaigners is funding," said Leggett.

"Organisations that campaign against the Government are excluded from some sources of statutory funding."

Leggett said he hoped to see funding from quasi-governmental organisations such as the Big Lottery Fund diverted into the sector for campaigning.

The meeting coincides with the publication of research on campaigning by the NCVO. Chris Stalker, head of campaigning effectiveness at the NCVO, said: "There's a paradox that campaigners often have to apply for funding from the same organisations they are campaigning against."

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