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We're holding the regulator to account on climate denial charity

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It’s more than a year since we teamed up with a cross-party group of MPs to submit a complaint about the climate-sceptic charity the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

But the Charity Commission has sat on its hands. MPs argue that the commission’s delay is contributing to an unlawful distortion of the public debate about climate change.

Now we’re taking the first step in the legal process to challenge the regulator over its failure  to act.

Good Law Project supported MPs Layla Moran, Clive Lewis and Caroline Lucas in October 2022 to identify the foundation’s apparent breaches of charity rules. Part of the network of radical rightwing organisations based at Tufton Street who don’t disclose their funding – it has spent several hundred thousand pounds on one-sided research that denies the climate crisis. This flies in the face of the foundation’s own charitable purpose, “to advance the public understanding of global warming”, as well as rules that state the outputs from educational charities must be “neutral and balanced”.

As the months have rolled by, the MPs have repeatedly asked for updates from the commission. But they haven’t received any substantive response. The foundation even reported itself to the commission after accepting it was facing  a “serious incident” in January 2023 – but the commission did little more than confirm receipt of the report. 

This failure goes hand in hand with the regulator’s rush to dismiss a complaint against the Institute of Economic Affairs  – another Tufton Street think-tank which has come under fire for flouting charity rules by pushing biased and selective views. The regulator changed the guidance that the institute was accused of breaking the day after receiving our complaint. 

Charities should be run for the good of us all and abide by charity law. It’s time to hold the Charity Commission to account for failing to do its duties.


Good Law Project is supporting claimants Caroline Lucas MP, Clive Lewis MP and Layla Moran MP in this legal action. The solicitors are Good Law Practice and the barristers are Ted Loveday and Hannah Slarks, operating at discounted rates. 

10% of the funds raised will be a contribution to the general running costs of Good Law Project. It is our policy only to raise sums that we reasonably anticipate could be spent on the work we are crowdfunding for. However, if there is a surplus it will go to develop and support further work we do to fight for a better fairer future for all.

Crowdfunder Updates

  • 15/05/2024

    This crowdfunder is now closed

    This legal campaign, launched by Good Law Project and cross-party MPs, has forced the Charity Commission to review the operations of the climate denial charity, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and confirm it will publish a report on whether they’ve breached charity law. 

    Thanks to your donations we’ve been able to apply this legal pressure to hold the charity accountable for their climate change misinformation but we’ll be carefully scrutinising the commission’s decision and we don’t rule out further legal action if it has failed to apply the law.

    Due to a breakdown in internal communications an email was sent to a segment of our mailing list asking for donations towards this crowdfunder on the 14th May.  Donations requested on or after 14th May shouldn’t have been asked for – for which we apologise.  We have contacted all relevant donors to offer a refund.

This crowdfunder is now closed.

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