In their words: key issues for young people in London

Principle Consulting offers annual work experience placements to several students from Uxbridge College who are part of the English for Speakers of Other Languages programme. Over the last few weeks, the selected students have researched our democratic institutions, practiced giving presentations, learned about how charities campaign and visited Parliament and City Hall. We asked them to write about the issues …

5 Top Tips for Charity Campaigning in the Local Elections

On Thursday 3rd May 2018, there are elections in around 150 local authority areas in England, with all council seats being contested in some large areas including London, Birmingham and Manchester. This presents an excellent opportunity for charities to campaign on behalf of their beneficiaries, with the aim of influencing the priorities of newly-elected councillors. To make sure your charity …

How will the new Scottish Lobbying Register affect you?

From the 12th March, all organisations who lobby MSPs must start logging all meetings with MSPs on the Scottish Lobbying Register.  This includes most charities.  Find out what this means for your organisation below… What is it? The Scottish Lobbying Register is being introduced following the passage of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. The Act places a duty on Parliament …

World Hepatitis Day, and my first day at Principle

By Urte Macikene My first day in my new role at Principle Consulting was spent at the Hepatitis C Patient Conference, run by our long-standing clients and partners, the Hepatitis C Trust. The conference coincided with World Hepatitis Day, an opportunity to highlight the organisation’s efforts to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health concern in the UK, and it’s …

Making your move: Engaging with new MPs post-election

Many charities will be re-evaluating their policy and public affairs plans following the unexpected general election result earlier this month. While it can be hard to plan in times of uncertainty, the new Parliament brings fresh opportunities for charities who are campaigning for policy change. For a start, the new Parliament contains 99 new MPs. This includes a number of …

Indyref2: Keep calm and carry on campaigning

After months of speculation, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she will seek a second referendum on Scottish independence. At a time when Brexit is dominating the political landscape (not to mention the parliamentary schedule) at Westminster, the prospect of a fresh independence vote now promises to consume the political agenda at Holyrood. Given the likelihood of MSPs becoming …

Beyond ‘egos and logos’: Building an effective campaign coalition after the Brexit vote

Principle Consulting Director Jane Cox wrote this blog ahead of last year’s NCVO Campaigning Conference. We will be there again this year. In these divided and divisive times, shouldn’t we be making more of an attempt to work together? Time to find some kindred spirits and coalesce? In the spirit of harmony and unity, here’s the Principle Consulting guide to …

Keeping it real: the importance of service user voice in campaigning

While working on a ‘Patient Perspectives’ report for The Hepatitis C Trust recently, I was caused to reflect yet again on the incredible insights and benefits to charity campaigning that only user involvement can bring. Whilst there can be challenges to overcome, involving users is not only essential to ensure campaigns are rooted in the needs of beneficiaries and to …