With expectations growing of a general election before the end of this year and all political parties preparing for it, the Charity Commission new CEO, Helen Stephenson has released a blog reflecting on the position and responsibilities of charity leaders and trustees in this context.
Stephenson urges care with regard to how charities engage in public debate:
The deeper the divisions in the country, the more important it is that charities are demonstrably driven not by their leaders’ own world views but by the needs of the beneficiaries they serve. Charities have the potential to build bridges and heal social divides, if that is damaged then everyone will lose out.
Further detailed Charity Commission guidance in this area
- Campaigning and Political activity guidance for charities
- Supplementary guidance on campaigning and political activity during an election period