Many charity trustees aren’t fully aware that they have certain responsibilities in the run-up to a general election or referendum. And now that a General Election has been confirmed for 12th December, it’s time for charity trustees to think about their responsibilities around campaigning during an election period.
The Charity Commission have published guidance on the responsibilities that charity trustees have in the run-up to general elections. These responsibilities include key charity law around political activity and, guidance on campaigning in the run-up to an election.
The guidance is intended for registered charities but could also be applicable to organisations that are considering registering as charities. Many of the guidance points also apply to other areas of charitable activity and how to support good governance around campaigning and political activities.