Welcome to our survey

What is this survey about?
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation, with the Directory of Social Change, is updating the evidence about the impact of the Lobbying Act on campaigning. We are interested in your experience, regardless of how much time, effort or budget you have dedicated to it.

If you work in the charity and voluntary sector, and regard yourself as being involved in campaigning aimed at national or local governments in the UK, this survey is for you.

We are defining campaigning as one or more of the following activities:
· changing public attitudes/social norms/behaviours
· policy influencing (e.g. regulatory or legislative change)
· political influencing (e.g. changing political priorities, challenging ideologies/positions)
· electoral activity (e.g. enabling constituents to participate in election debate).

How long will this survey take and how long does it run for?
The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to fill out. The closing date is 30 April 2018. If you require any further information regarding the survey or the research, please contact dferrell@dsc.org.uk .

How will the information be used?
The survey is completely anonymous – no answers will be attributed to individuals or organisations. The results will feed into a final report. This will be shared widely and help to drive discussions with stakeholders, including the Government.

Need a quick reminder about the Lobbying Act?
Part Two of the Lobbying Act regulates the activity and spending of campaigners in the run up to elections. It also defines the circumstances in which they must register with the Electoral Commission and report spending.
The Lobbying Act offers four tests, all of which need to be met for an organisation to be required to register as a ‘non-party campaigner’.

The Period Test – the activity must take place within the ‘regulated period’ of the election – in the case of a General Election, this is 365 days before (e.g. for the 2017 snap General Election this period started on 9 June 2016).
The Purpose Test – the activity could reasonably be regarded as intended to influence voters to vote for or against political parties, candidates or groups of candidates (e.g. all those who support a particular policy position).
The Public Test – the activity was for the public (i.e. it exists in public or for public consumption, rather than solely for an organisation’s members).
The Spending Test – the total value of activity (including staff time and in-kind contributions) by the organisation amounts to more than £20,000 in England or £10,000 in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.