Why is the community and voluntary sector being criticised for doing advocacy?

On October 14th The Sunday Times published an editorial questioning the need for state funding of advocacy in the community and voluntary sector. The newspaper argued that "public money is scarce, and criticism of the government is plentiful, so why should taxpayers fund more of it?"

In this new blog on The Advocacy Initiative's website Candy Murphy, an Economist and Sociologist with years of experience in non-governmental organisations responds to the editorial and considers what lessons social justice advocates should take from the analysis.