Policy, campaigns & research, Governance, Management & leadership

Using Your Voice in an Election Year - Online course on Thursday 11 April

In this two-hour session, we’ll break down the current guidance on campaigning during election time, and assess some of the risks that may come with it.

Online booking has now closed. If you’d still like to attend, please ring our friendly CS team by 15.00 on 020 4526 5995.

Online session – 16.00 – 18.00, Thursday 11 April.

With a general election just around the corner, it’s crucial that charities understand the laws and regulations surrounding political campaigns. In the last few months, the Electoral Commission has published the new Code of Practice for non-party campaigners and the Charity Commission and Electoral Commission have released shared advice to help charities with this.

This new information can feel intimidating, and even confusing, especially if you don’t have a background in law. With there being so much controversy surrounding charities and politics, we want to set the record straight and help you campaign with confidence.

In this two-hour session, we’ll break down the current guidance on campaigning during election time, and assess some of the risks that may come with it.

Join us and our panel of experts for an afternoon of questions and debate.

This session covers:

  • The importance to our democracy of campaigning for charitable causes
  • A review of the Electoral Commission’s new Code of Practice for non-party campaigners and The Charity Commission’s Campaigning and political activity guidance for charities
  • The risks of campaigning in the lead-up to an election and how to navigate this
  • How to continue to campaign within the regulations

By attending this event, you will gain the knowledge you need to campaign lawfully during this critical period.

Who should attend?

It is especially relevant for:

  • Trustees
  • CEO’s
  • Anyone else who wants their voice and cause heard

What’s included in the price?

Speakers

  • Andrew Purkis, Trustee, DSC
  • Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research, DSC
  • Rosamund McCarthy Etherington, Co-Head Charity Sector, Partner, Stone King LLP

Agenda

16.00: Jay Kennedy – Welcome and introduction
16.05: Jay Kennedy – Political context – General Election
16.15: Rosamund McCarthy Etherington – Key legal updates
16.35: Andrew Purkis – The importance of charity campaigning
17.00: All Q&A/Discussion

Useful links

Campaigning and political activity guidance for charities – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Charity Commission and Electoral Commission chairs share advice for charities engaging in public debate – Charity Commission (blog.gov.uk)

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Training schedule

16:00 - 18:0011 Apr 2024

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