Charities in Wales fear that new rules on lobbying bills could complicate their campaigns.
The lobbying bill includes a cap on money that charities can spend on funding election campaigns with Oxfam Cymru fearing that this could restrict policy debate up to a year before elections.
Lindsey Williams, from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action: ”Normal policy work is charities engaging with government at all levels and with other influential bodies and generally trying to improve the lives of people or protect the environment for example,
“That’s normal run of the mill work for charities.
“What’s not clear is whether that is going to be affected by this new Bill. If it is then that could have the impact of silencing charities because no-one will want to run the risk of prosecution.”
Julian Rosser, head of Oxfam Cymru, said: ”Ministers’ assurance that they do not intend to curb charities’ ability to speak out on legitimate issues of concern is welcome,
“But by extending election regulations to activities that are not intended to promote one party or another, the government would prevent charities and other campaigners from engaging effectively in policy debates for 12 months before a general election.”