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Charity Guidance for General Election Campaigns

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As the General Election draws near, charities are preparing for heightened campaigning and political engagement. However, amidst this anticipation, it is crucial to understand and uphold responsibilities to ensure activities align with legal frameworks and maintain public trust.

At the core of charity leadership lies a deep responsibility to advance the organisation's mission while remaining independent and impartial. Trustees and leaders must be vigilant in avoiding the promotion of specific political parties or candidates, safeguarding the charity's reputation, and preserving public confidence.

Regulatory bodies, such as the Electoral Commission, oversee charities' political activities, ensuring compliance with legal frameworks. It is essential for charity leaders to understand and respect the role of these bodies, trusting that regulatory decisions are made impartially, based on the law and the public interest.

Accessing key guidance provided by regulatory bodies is fundamental for charities navigating political engagement. The Charity Commission have put together an quick introduction to charity campaigning and political activity here or you can find a more detailed guide here.

You may also find it helpful to read up on your responsibilities for your social media activities here

Staying informed is crucial as the General Election approaches. Charity leaders should actively monitor updates and additional support provided by regulatory bodies.

Hear what Orlando Fraser, Chair of the Charity Commission has to say in his blog here.

Read more on the Charity Sector Election Manifesto here.