Donations and loans to political parties
There are rules controlling the donations and loans that political parties receive. This page contains an overview of the rules.
Ten political parties registered in Great Britain reported accepting almost £14.5 million in donations between 1 January and 31 March 2014. Six parties also accepted almost £2 million from public funds.
There are rules on who can make donations and loans to political parties and other campaigners. For instance, individuals can only donate if they are on an electoral register.
Parties have to record the donations and loans they receive, check they are from a permissible source, and report larger donations and loans to us. In Great Britain, we publish these donation and loan reports on our online database to ensure there is transparency about the funding of parties.
There are currently different rules on the reporting of donations and loans to parties in Northern Ireland. They must report donations and loans to us in the same way as parties in Great Britain. However, we are currently barred from publishing this information.
The Government has consulted on draft legislation which provides for more transparency on party funding in Northern Ireland. Once passed, this legislation will allow us to publish more information about the donations and loans that parties in Northern Ireland report to us.
Guidance for political parties
- If you are a political party that is registered in Great Britain, please read our guidance on donations and loans for parties in Great Britain.
- If you are a political party that is registered in Northern Ireland, please read our guidance on donations and loans for parties in Northern Ireland.