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Clause 27 — Changes to existing limits

Part of Access to Mental Health Services – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover 6:15 pm, 10th September 2013

It has been argued that state funding weakens the independence of charities, making them less inclined to criticise Government policy. In fact, there is a sense that there is a deeper problem. There is a risk that Governments could fund or create pressures groups with the intention of seeking to create a sock puppet version of civil society by giving the illusion of grass-roots support for new legislation. That has become widespread and even has a special name: Astroturfing. We all know that grass-roots campaigns being set up and “Astroturfed” is increasingly an issue, so much so that it has become part of our dictionary.