Campaign Collective is supporting research on the impact of the Lobbying Act, carried out by Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) to ensure the sector has the most up-to-date evidence possible to inform discussions with the Government and regulators.

As part of the project, in partnership with the Directory of Social Change, SMK is conducting an online survey. The aim is to collect the latest evidence of any impact on campaigning.

The survey also asks about other factors, such as funding conditions or Charity Commission guidance.

Simon Francis, Founder Member of Campaign Collective, commented:

Our Freedom To Campaign Guide was launched earlier this year to help charities know what they can do under the Lobbying Act, but with an election possible at any time, campaigners need to be prepared.

Equally, we need to know how campaigners are impacted by these complex rules which is why we welcome the SMK research. You don’t need to be an expert to take part, if you are involved in charity or voluntary sector campaigning, this survey is for you.

We really encourage campaigners to take part – the more responses, the stronger the evidence and the better we can represent you.

The closing date for the survey is 30 April and all responses are completely anonymous.

A final report, including further evidence from a sector wide survey will be published in May.

To complete the survey, visit

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