Government’s attitude to the threat of terrorist abuse of charities is €˜draconian’, says report

first_img  45 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A new report published by an NCVO-led advisory group has criticised the Government’s approach to the threat of terrorist abuse of charities, claiming it is ineffective, counter-productive and ‘draconian’.The report says there is no doubt that there is a legitimate terrorist threat, but thinks the Government’s approach is not in touch with the ‘real work’ of charities, which could help turn people away from terrorism. The advisory group, set up by NCVO and chaired by Lord Plant of Highfield was specifically tasked with looking at the impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism regulation and legislation on charities and voluntary organisations in the UK. The report is being published in the hopes of influencing a review conducted by the Home Office and HM Treasury into the same issues which is due to report in early February. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. It focuses on three areas: the impact of the Government’s approach to terrorism and charities; the existing regulation of charities; and legal opinion on the implications of the UK’s anti-terrorist finance regime on charities and other non-profit organisations.The report says the Government’s approach is ‘draconian’ and could restrict charities’ ability to operate without dealing with the problem. It says that government’s response shows no understanding of charities’ experiences and is not based on evidence of activity within charities. It accuses the Government of producing the report unilaterally, without proper consultation with charities.It warns that this ‘heavy-handed approach’ could drive voluntary organisations underground and says the Government should be working to engage charities rather than alienate them. It suggests that Government should pay more heed to the role of charities in turning people away from ‘destructive paths’ such as terrorism and that it should promote charity-led counter-terrorism initiatives.NCFO chief executive Stuart Etherington said: Government needs to work in partnership with us in order to determine what evidence exists of the terrorist abuse of charities, and to recognise the positive power that we have as a sector to reach out to people and turn them away from destructive paths.The report, ‘Security and Civil Society – the impact of counter-terrorism measures on civil society organisations’, can be viewed at NCVO’s website. Howard Lake | 25 January 2007 | News Government’s attitude to the threat of terrorist abuse of charities is €˜draconian’, says reportlast_img read more

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