Don’t be too cautious in run up to general election

Don’t be too cautious in run up to general election

Nov 6, 2019 | Marc Middleton-Heath

In a recent blog, Chris Walker, public affairs manager at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, urged charities to understand the restrictions around campaigning so they can speak out with confidence in the run up to the general election.

“As charities, we all need to be clear that while we need to think about the rules, they shouldn’t, and don’t stop us from campaigning,” he said.

“So what we want to see, and what I know we will see, at this election, is brilliant charities speaking up and running great campaigns – campaigns that ultimately make a difference to the lives of people in the country.”

At Catalyst, we always remember that the essential voice of the organisation must be heard. Organisations are created for a reason and the initial injustice, tragedy, or cause must not be lost − whatever the time and whatever else is happening.

A plan of attack

With weeks to go until the election, the NVCO is keen to stress that there’s still plenty of time to launch campaigns. It also recommends you watch the debate closely as it shifts over the next few weeks − so you’re ready to speak out on issues related to your cause. And finally, the NVCO is urging charities to think about life after the election − who you want to engage with and how you want to go about it, incorporating what you’ve learned from the election campaign as you look forward.

Marc Middleton-Heath
Managing Director, Catalyst.
6th November 2019

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