Gagging clauses BAN charities and companies criticising the government

Gagging clauses have BANNED hundreds of charities and companies with taxpayer-funded contracts from publicly criticising the government

  • Deals worth £25bn for 40 charities and 300 companies have gagging clauses
  • They include Brexit advisers and safety experts hired after Grenfell Tower fire
  • Theresa May had vowed to end ‘unethical’ use of non-disclosure agreements

Charities and companies with taxpayer-funded contracts are being banned from publicly criticising the Government.

Gagging clauses have been included in official deals totalling £25billion for 40 charities and more than 300 companies.

These include consultants advising on Brexit and safety experts hired after the Grenfell Tower fire, an investigation in The Times revealed yesterday.

Theresa May had vowed to end ‘unethical’ use of non-disclosure agreements and ministers were accused of hypocrisy and ‘unforgivable cowardice’

Jon Trickett, Labour’s Cabinet Office spokesman, said: ‘Civil society organisations are often best placed to speak out when Government gets it wrong. When they can’t, our democracy is worse off for it’


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Theresa May had vowed to end ‘unethical’ use of non-disclosure agreements and ministers were accused of hypocrisy and ‘unforgivable cowardice’.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s Cabinet Office spokesman, said: ‘Civil society organisations are often best placed to speak out when Government gets it wrong. When they can’t, our democracy is worse off for it.

‘The Conservatives seem to regard this as a fair price to avoid bad headlines.’

The Cabinet Office said such clauses were standard in both public and private contracts.

 

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