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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

My particular concern about the state funding of charities and outsourcing of services is that they should not be in a position to use that money to lobby for more Government funds. The third sector’s increasing reliance on Government largesse has provoked lots of discussion and caused considerable concern. Critics have accused Governments of using statutory funding to silence belligerent charities or to politicise good causes.

Guido Fawkes” says:

“A charity that relies in the main part on taxes is no more a charity than” a lady of the night

“is your girlfriend.”

On the serious issue of lobbying for more money, we should be cautious and ensure that it is not misspent and that the regulation of lobbying should catch up with the fact that the third sector has changed dramatically in recent years and, indeed, that the historic restrictions on political campaigning and political involvement by charities, on which the Charity Commission used to be very firm, have been relaxed.