British charities complained about being targeted for criticising austerity policies

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – A report published by the National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) recently entitled “Voluntary Services in Austerity UK,”  was conducted by Dr Mike Aiken which explored charities’ declining campaigning role in an increased climate of privatisation.

The report said, many charities do not speak out on structural issues plaguing society for fear of losing funding or other sanctions. As a result, charities’ criticism is increasingly absent from public debate on inequality and poverty.

Aiken’s research also examined a Conservative member of Parliament’s attempts to silence Oxfam. In 2014, he reported Oxfam to Britain’s Charity Commission for tweeting about the severity of UK poverty.

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