You may already have read this, but it seems worthwhile to mention it on Vox Political for reference purposes, if nothing else. Here’s John Pring:
Disability organisations have been intimidated by new lobbying laws – and the risk of losing government contracts – into failing to campaign on key issues like social care and welfare reform in the run-up to the general election, say disabled campaigners.
They fear that the “sinister” impact of last year’s Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act [also known as the ‘Gagging’ Act], and the trend towards funding charities through government contracts to provide services, are “closing down all debate”.
Read the rest of the article on the Disability News Service website.
The Labour Party has vowed to repeal the ‘Gagging’ Act, if elected on May 7.
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