New campaigning guide published

Political campaigning must not be a charity's "continuing or sole" activity, according to an expanded version of the Charity Commission's campaigning guidance.

Published tomorrow, Speaking Out: Guidance on Campaigning and Political Activities by Charities has been revised and expanded to include more examples after the commission's board raised concerns about a draft version (Third Sector Online, 1 February).

The guidance is intended to clarify existing commission advice that campaigning must not become a "dominant" activity and must "remain incidental or ancillary to the charity's purposes".

The new document also says trustees must make sure charities stay independent when working with politicians. Sarah Atkinson, head of corporate affairs at the commission, said: "Charity law is complex but, given that it hasn't changed, we are confident we have done a good job."

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