Lobbying Bill update

The National Trust remains concerned about the effect that the Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill will have on charities.

That’s why we are supporting a bid to pause Part II of the Bill at the House of Lords Committee stage debate on Tuesday 4 November. Crossbench peer Lord Ramsbotham has tabled a motion which would refer this part of the Bill to a Select Committee for consideration.

We continue to believe that Part II of the Bill should be removed or substantially amended. In our view a compelling case has not been made that these changes would increase transparency, and we fear they could seriously reduce the ability for people to shape the places that matter to them. 

We believe that pausing Part II of the Bill and referring it to a Select Committee would give the Government the chance to develop its proposals in a consensual way, based on consultation and evidence.  Part II of the Bill should be altered so that it increases transparency, without compromising the ability of charities to make contributions to debates on public policy.

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