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Written Statement - Restrictions on lobbying by Welsh Third Sector Organisations in receipt of UK Government grant funding

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

The relationship between the Welsh Government and the Third Sector rests upon trust and mutual respect. The Welsh Government is committed to building on this crucial relationship, which has developed over a long period, for the benefit of people and communities in Wales.

The Welsh Government is aware of the UK Government’s intention to introduce new grant conditions which, if implemented, would mean organisations receiving Government grants would be banned from using these funds to lobby Government and Parliament.

The Welsh Government will continue to safeguard the ability of Welsh Third Sector organisations to engage in constructive dialogue to support policy making.  We believe the current standard terms and conditions effectively and comprehensively ensure public money is used for approved purposes.

The Welsh Government remains committed to working in partnership with the Third Sector through many channels, including the Third Sector Partnership Council.  In doing so, we will follow the principles set out in our Third Sector Scheme and Code of Practice for Funding the Third Sector.