2015 Election


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The presentation was a workshop at Evolve 2014: the annual event for the voluntary sector in London on Monday 16 June 2014.

The presentation was given by Charlotte Ravenscroft, Head of Policy and Research (NCVO) and Elizabeth Chamberlain, Policy Manager (NCVO). The step up to the 2015 election was the main focus with the agenda items, 'Shaping the future for your organisations' and 'Shaping the future for the voluntary sector' the discussion point.

Find out more about the Evolve Conference from NCVO: http://www.ncvo.org.uk/training-and-events/evolve-conference

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2015 Election

  1. 1. Workshops AM2: 2015 election Charlotte Ravenscroft, Head of Policy and Research, NCVO Elizabeth Chamberlain, Policy Manager, NCVO
  2. 2. Agenda Introduction & context Shaping the future for your organisations: Campaigning within the law & the Lobbying Act Your questions Shaping the future for the voluntary sector: NCVO manifesto How you can help
  3. 3. Looking ahead to 7 May 2015… Source: Daily Mail
  4. 4. Source: UK Polling Report Predictions (1)
  5. 5. It’s the economy, stupid! and Europe Source: ONS/BBC
  6. 6. A final forecast… public spending Change in central and local government spending from 2010/11 (£ billions) Excludes: social security; interest payments; capital spending Source data: OBR
  7. 7. Your campaigning priorities and concerns • What are your organisation’s campaigning priorities for the election? • What concerns (if any) do you have about campaigning in advance of the election?
  8. 8. Shaping the Future 2015: Campaigning within the law and the Lobbying Act Elizabeth Chamberlain – Policy Manager
  9. 9. Charity Law Charity Commission Speaking Out: Guidance on Campaigning and Political Activities by Charities (CC9)
  10. 10. The guidance – key principles Charities must always act for the advancement of their charitable purposes Charities must guard their independence and reputation A charity cannot exist for a political purpose Campaigning and political activity can be legitimate and valuable activities for charities to undertake Campaigning and political activity must be undertaken only in the context of supporting the delivery of the charitable purposes
  11. 11. The guidance – political engagement A charity must never be party political A charity must not give support or funding to a political party, nor to a candidate or politician A charity may give its support to specific policies advocated by political parties if it would help achieve its charitable purposes
  12. 12. Charities and Elections Supplementary Guidance on Elections and Referendums Guiding principle: charities should be, and be seen to be, independent from party politics Implications for: • policy positions • publicity material • engagement with candidates
  13. 13. Electoral Law Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014
  14. 14. Non-Party Campaigning What activity is included? Definition of controlled expenditure • “expenditure that can reasonably regarded as intended to promote or procure electoral success” • it is immaterial that it can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve any other purpose as well Electoral Commission: • purpose test • publicity test
  15. 15. Key changes • Longer list of qualifying expenses • Higher registration thresholds • Lower national spending limits • New constituency spending limits • New reporting requirements • Option for organisations ‘working to a joint plan’
  16. 16. Regulated activities • Election material • Public events and rallies • Press conference and other media events • Canvassing and market research seeking views or information from the public • Transport to obtain publicity
  17. 17. Regulated period 365 days, ending on the day of the election For 2015 General Election: 19 September 2014 – 7 May 2015 Review of the law after 2015 General Election
  18. 18. What happens after registration? Record and report spending (including spending by constituency) Check the permissibility of donations received above a certain amount that go towards regulated activities Submit a spending return or statement of accounts covering the regulated period once the General Election has ended
  19. 19. Find out more NCVO FAQs: http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/03/12/faqs-on-the-lobbying- act/ Electoral Commission guidance comes out July 2014 Electoral Commission updates in the meantime http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/party-or- campaigner/non-party-campaigners Time for your questions
  20. 20. Shaping the Future 2015: NCVO election manifesto Charlotte Ravenscroft – Head of Policy & Research
  21. 21. Launched May 2014
  22. 22. How to strengthen the economy and help people find work
  23. 23. How to strengthen the economy and help people find work How to maximise the voluntary sector’s contribution: • Prioritise preventative spending • Welfare to work programmes should be better designed to help people with complex needs • Organisations delivering public service contracts should be able to pay the living wage
  24. 24. How to transform public services
  25. 25. How to transform public services How to maximise the voluntary sector’s contribution: • Review the state of public service markets • Extend the Commissioning Academy for procurement professionals • Create a Centre for Social Value
  26. 26. How to help communities and volunteering flourish
  27. 27. How to help communities and volunteering flourish How to maximise the voluntary sector’s contribution: • Support growth of the volunteer movement • Create a new Access to Volunteering Fund • Support local philanthropy – by matchfunding donations from businesses and individuals • Make the Small Donations Scheme more accessible to small charities • Improve access of frontline organisations to social investment
  28. 28. How you can help Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. • Invite your parliamentary candidates to visit your charity • Give your parliamentary candidates a copy of NCVO’s manifesto • Write a guest blog for our website • Email or tweet us to show your support
  29. 29. Thank you for joining us today! Contact details: Elizabeth.chamberlain@ncvo.org.uk 0207 520 2559 @ncvoliz Charlotte.ravenscroft@ncvo.org.uk 0207 520 2475 @charravenscroft PS – follow our 5-minute policy manager blog for monthly policy updates
  30. 30. Evolve 2014