Charity gagging clauses criticised on front page of The Times


The government has been criticised in The Times and on BBC radio over its use of ‘gagging clauses’ which prevent charities from speaking out on behalf of their beneficiaries.

The Times has carried out an investigation into non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) otherwise known as gagging clauses, in public contracts.

It found that clauses appeared to prevent charities from speaking out, particularly about the failed probation reforms, implemented by the Ministry of Justice under Chris Grayling, and about the impact of universal credit, implemented by the Department for Work and Pensions.

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