The government has this morning published a major overhaul of the anti-lobbying clause, the implementation of which was paused in April.

The effect of this is to significantly avoid the damage that the clause would have done to charities’ advocacy role.

Since the beginning of the year and continuing after the pause we have been in an ongoing dialogue with the government on this topic. These exchanges have at times been robust. But today’s announcement shows the government has listened and acted to address the clear problems we raised.

This has only been possible because NCVO members and the voluntary sector have stood together, and I would like to thank all of those who gave so much of their time to this.

Read  Sir Stuart Etherington's blog post