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Influencing and Lobbying

Really useful document. Read p13 and make your day If you are involved in lobbying for the outdoor sector. (1.12.14) What works- evidence for decision makers.

Transparency of Lobbying Bill – unintended consequences. If you are involved in lobbying for the outdoor sector (or others) you may wish to approach your MP about the unintended consequences of a bill currently being proposed by Government.  The transparency of lobbying bill is being put forward as a solution to regulate the kind of lobbying activity which has led to questions of inappropriate influence in recent years.   The bill though has the unintended consequence of potentially seriously limiting the scope for organisations like IOL to undertake any lobbying or campaigns during the run up to an election.  The attached blog by the NCVO gives further detail: NCVO blog on transparency of lobbying bill. The bill’s details and progress through parliament can be found here: Parliamentary Bills. If you have not contacted your MP before and are concerned by the unintended and anti-democratic consequences of this legislation you can find your local MP here: Find your MP. Don’t forget to let IOL know if you do contact your MP and what the response is.

“The art of the possible” - political lobbying –successes, failures and lessons learned. 
(by Randall Williams and published in Horizons 59) 
We know it works – we know how much young people gain from outdoor learning.  But how do we convince others?  Who do we need to convince?  And who should do the convincing? Read more.... (PDF)

The Independent Panel on Forestry has published its Final Report, which is available here. The report calls for the benefits of England’s woods and forests to be re-valued for all the services they provide.  These include not only areas for recreation, but also clean air, clean water, habitats for wildlife, locking up carbon, shading in cities - even helping in flood reduction.  Wood is the raw material for timber frame buildings, furniture, flooring, fuel, and of course paper.   The report highlights the ‘triple bottom line’ that forestry delivers and calls for a revival of a woodland culture that appreciates how important trees are for people, for nature and the economy. Read more....
The Natural Environment White Paper, The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature, was published on 7 June 2011. This third Update reports activity since 1 February. Read more....

New Safeguarding and Vetting Requirements will affect organisations who have contact with children/vulnerable adults. The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 1st May 2012.  It contains all of the new safeguarding and vetting requirements that will affect those organisations who have contact with children and vulnerable adults.  These requirements are due to come into force in mid to late 2013. Read more.....

DEFRA Consultation on new plans to simplify recording rights of way. New proposals to modernise the process of recording rights of way, developed in consultation with groups such as the Ramblers and Country Land and Business Association, have been unveiled by Environment Minister Richard Benyon. Read more....

Welsh Coastal Path opens.  Read more....

During 2012, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) will be working with a wide range of organisations and the public to set out what kind of place we’d all like the area to be in years to come. Read more....

Getting Government to Debate Outdoor Centre Closures. Read more.....

Feedback Report for the Institute for Outdoor Learning from the National Stakeholder Engagement Event (Workshop) hosted by the Independent Panel on Forestry. Read more....

Guidance on challenging public funding cuts. NCVO has produced the attached guidance for those receiving notification of public funding cuts to help challenge incorrectly managed cuts. Read more.....

Influencing/Lobbying Advice

IOL has produced a simple paper by way of an introduction to developing a relationship with and influencing Government and your local MP.  If you are thinking about contacting your MP or reviewing your approach to lobbying it is worth a quick read and can be found HERE. If you have never contacted your local MP I encourage you to do so to share the positive impact you are having in their constituency.  Find your local MP at Find My MP. If you do contact them and get to a point of meeting or joint activity, let IOL know so we can feed into wider influencing activity.