LETTER: MPs are impressed by charity lobbyists

Your article on our research into the opinions of MPs on charities (News, 8 February) came to a completely different conclusion from our own.

You reported that 'major charities... have failed to inspire the majority of MPs'. But the figures regarding the numbers of MPs directly impressed by charities are spontaneous -so it is not surprising that they are in single figures.

In other research we have conducted (where we prompt MPs for their views on named charities) a typical charity might have 30 to 50 per cent of MPs saying they thought it was 'effective' or 'very effective' and less than 10 per cent of MPs saying they thought it was 'ineffective' or 'very ineffective'.

Your report also singles out Mencap, RNID and the Royal British Legion. In other studies, they are all in the top 30 charities that impressed MPs spontaneously.

The key point we believe our research made was that high levels of voluntary income appear to be a key precursor in determining what makes some charities more effective lobbyists than others.

Joe Saxton, director, NfP Synergy


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