A couple of years ago, I looked at the 50 charities mentioned most in Parliament in 2016.
It’s a list with a lot of caveats. Firstly, not all Parliamentary mentions are created equal -some are more prominent or more aligned to organisational objectives than others.
The number of times you are mentioned is also likely to reflect what’s topical as much as it does the quality of your Parliamentary engagement.
And it’s important to remember that all the Parliamentary mentions in the world can pale into insignificance compared to a single conversation with a Minister that changes his or her mind.
But it is still, though, a finger in the air – a rough proxy for the extent to which charities loom large in the collective Parliamentary consciousness. And so I’ve done it again for 2018.
I hope it performs a useful service by allowing charities to understand how their figures compare to their peers.
This year, the number one charity highlights that not all Parliamentary mentions are a good thing: Oxfam, whose place at the top of the chart is because of the focus that resulted from the sexual abuse scandal that caused it so much damage.
Another thing that stands out in the list is the number of times the Children’s Society have been mentioned in Parliament. Their 3rd place with 81 mentions isn’t a flash in the pan – they were the 2nd most mentioned charity in 2017; and 4th in 2016.
There has also been a big increase in mentions for CLIC Sargent, up to 21st place with a 5-fold increase compared to 2017. As someone who works for a cancer charity (Bloodwise), this confirms the impression I’ve already got that they seem to be really effective campaigners at the moment.
And they’ve been mentioned 13 times already in 2019, meaning that they are on course to rank even higher in next year’s list.
There has also been a big increase in mentions for Breast Cancer Now, who have more than tripled their mentions since 2016.
Those are the things that stand out to me – here’s the list!
Number of mentions in Parliament in 2018
|6||Cancer Research UK||65|
|7||Save the Children||64|
|9||Royal British Legion||55|
|17||British Red Cross||31|
|23||Battersea Dogs and Cats||25|
|31||Breast Cancer Now||18|
|40||World Vision UK||11|
|42||Help for Heroes||9|
|47||Action for Children||6|
|50||Teenage Cancer Trust||5|
|50||Plan International UK||5|
These results should just be seen as an indicator, as they were arrived at using an online search of Hansard. Some charity mentions may have been missed because an abbreviation was used. Equally, there may have been occasions where the name of a charity was used but not as a reference to that charity. In some cases where charity names come up a lot in speeches (Mind, Crisis, and Shelter, for example), the charities were not included in the analysis.