The Electoral Commission has launched a consultation into the guidance it issues on election rules for campaigners.

The regulations contained in the Lobbying Act have attracted widespread criticism and the confused nature of guidance led to Campaign Collective launching a “Freedom to Campaign” Guide to what campaigners could do.

The Guide, which has had more than 750 downloads with more than double that number reading online, has now been discussed with the Electoral Commission and will be updated before the next UK General Election.

In the meantime, campaigners have been urged to feedback any comments on official guidance in a new survey.

Simon Francis, Founder Member of Campaign Collective and Chair of the PRCA’s Charity & Not For Profit Group, commented:

It’s encouraging that the Electoral Commission is engaging proactively with campaigners and our Freedom to Campaign Guide. We look forward to seeing the results of the consultation.

Campaigners have until 5 October to complete the survey at

Campaign Collective

Campaign Collective is a social enterprise helping charities, social enterprises, public service organisations and other campaigners benefit from affordable professional communications advice and support. With all Members having over ten years experience in a range of communications skills, the Collective helps organisations create, build and deliver effective marketing campaigns. Profits are used to subsidise support for micro charities and community organisations as well as help develop the next generation of communications professionals. Visit for more information.

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