From Civil Society
The government became “increasingly hostile” towards campaigners over the course of the Covid-19 crisis, according to a coalition of charities. Campaigners said that too many charities have been “shut out” by politicians and officials in recent months, despite civil society and government collaborating successfully earlier in the pandemic.
The coalition, which includes NCVO, ACEVO, Bond, Quakers in Britain, Unlock Democracy and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, working with the Civil Society Voices network, published a paper Campaigning During Coronavirus on 18th May
The charities have called on the government to agree a new framework with civil society, which recognises the value of independent campaigning and promises to safeguard legal rights to protest.