NCVO urges Tories to outline stance on campaigning

The NCVO has called on the Tories to clarify their position on political campaigning following the publication of the party's green paper for the voluntary sector.

In its initial response to the Conservative publication Voluntary Action in the 21st Century, which sets out the party's position on a raft of third sector issues (Third Sector, 4 June), the umbrella body said it was concerned that the green paper contained nothing on political campaigning despite widespread debate on the issue lately.

"A key element of our independence is the ability of voluntary and community organisations to speak out on issues that matter to the individuals and communities they represent, and, where necessary, to campaign and lobby for change," the response says.

It is supportive of many of the Tories' other proposals, including an ongoing commitment to grant funding and a pledge to protect money raised for the sector through the National Lottery from government raids.

But the NCVO warns that the green paper's goal of creating a social norm of charitable giving "may be hard to achieve in practice".

The umbrella body said it would issue a full response to the proposals in the autumn.

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