PUBLIC SECT0R: PA improvements at Macmillan and RSPCA acclaimed

The RSPCA and Macmillan Cancer Relief are the most improved

charities in terms of public affairs, according to latest research.

Think-tank the Future Foundation polled MPs in November last year and

July this year on their attitudes to charities' lobbying work.

When MPs were asked to name charities whose lobbying work had directly

impressed them just five per cent named the RSPCA last year. But this

figure leapt to 18 per cent when questioned this year.

And Macmillan's figures rose from ten to 20 per cent during the same


Also performing well was Guide Dogs for the Blind, which is lobbying for

changes to the Disability Discrimination Act.

When questioned in July, 41 per cent of MPs recalled direct contact with

the charity, compared to just 18 per cent last year.

The NSPCC is still the charity whose campaigning has most impressed,

according to the research, in which 113 MPs were polled.

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