SMK Policy and News

Policy work

One of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) aims is to challenge laws, policies and regulations that diminish peoples’ ability to have their voices heard. We have commented on a number of policy changes and laws that we believe have impacted on the ability of campaigners to be effective. Here are some of our current and past briefings.

 

 

SMK Provides Evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities
SMK provides evidences on charity campaigning to the Select Committee in November 2016. To read our evidence please click here

SMK responds to the announcement of an anti-advocacy clause in government grant agreements.
SMK’s reaction to the annoucement of gagging clauses in government grants to read it please click here.

SMK responds to Lord Hodgson’s review of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.
SMK submitted a formal response to Lord Hodgson’s review of the Lobbying Act to read it please click here.

SMK Provides Briefing to the House of Lords
SMK provides a briefing to peers in the House of Lords in preparation for the second reading of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. To see our briefings please click here.

SMK Provides Evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
SMK provides evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in response to the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. To see our briefings please click here.

SMK Responds to Proposed Scottish Lobbying Bill
SMK responds to the consultation stage for the proposed Lobbying Transparency (Scotland) Bill. To see our briefings please click here.

SMK Responds to Proposed Lobbying Register
Linda Butcher, SMK’s Chief Executive, writes in The Guardian that ‘charities should not fear a lobbying register, but this proposal is inadequate’. To see our briefings please click here.

SMK Responds to Charities Act 2006 Consultation
SMK responds to Q10 of the consultation, ‘Are the rules around political activity by charities reasonable and proportionate?’.  To see our response please click here.

SMK Responds to Proposed House of Lords Reform
Harmit Kambo, SMK’s Learning and Development Manager, writes in the New Statesman that ‘we need to trust that members of the Lords will put personal interests to one side when making decisions. Read the article here.

Campaigning/ Manifesto Issues 2010
SMK and NCVO created a joint campaign issues consultation paper which looked at some of the issues facing campaigners in the lead up to the upcoming general election. To find out more, please click here.

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