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Welcome for Government concessions on Lobbying Bill but grave concerns remain

6 November 2013 - Christian Aid today welcomes the limited concessions which the Government has made to its Lobbying Bill, which it says risks harming legitimate campaigning for good causes in the UK.

‘The Government has finally relented to pressure and announced a very limited pause in the passage of its much-maligned Lobbying Bill,’ said Christian Aid’s Senior UK Political Adviser Barry Johnston.

‘The decision follows months of pressure by the extraordinary range of groups ranged against the Bill, and demonstrates the vitality of the very campaigning which the Bill threatens.

‘The Government has finally shown it is prepared to listen. Now it must use this breathing space to respond to the many, many concerns being expressed from all corners of civil society.

‘In its current form, the Bill remains totally unacceptable and needs further, major amendments if it is not to damage legitimate campaigning in the UK.

‘The Government must take whatever time necessary to get the Bill right.’

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Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change www.christianaid.org.uk/images/partnership-for-change-summary.pdf explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk