Welcome move away from anti-advocacy clause

Fri, 2 December 2016

Today (2 December 2016) the Cabinet Office has published 10 new standards for grants given by Government departments and their arm’s length bodies.

The standards represent a welcome move away from the damaging anti-advocacy clause which was due to be included in all grant funding agreements. Earlier this year implementation of the clause was ‘paused’ following serious concerns raised by the voluntary sector, academics, and others.

Of the 10 standards published today, standard six makes clear that recipients of grant funding can, and should, provide independent, evidence-based advice to Government.

National Voices strongly criticised the proposed anti-advocacy clause on the grounds that it would have a chilling effect on freedom of expression, thereby undermining the quality of the Government’s own policy making.

We welcome this positive step and hope it signals a more constructive and collaborative relationship between Government and the voluntary sector.

We call on all Government departments to recognise the invaluable advice, intelligence, and insight voluntary organisations bring to the policy-making process.