Donations and loans reported every quarter by political parties
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. For parties on the Great Britain register, we publish these donation and loan reports every quarter on our online database to ensure transparency in the funding of parties. This page provides an analysis of the data, including:
- donations accepted by political parties
- donations accepted by accounting unit
- top donors
- donor type
- public funds
- donations reported late
- borrowing reported in the most recent quarter and total outstanding
The figures do not include all donations accepted by political parties. Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act 2000, parties are required only to report to us:
- donations above £7,500 to the central party (including aggregation)
- donations above £1,500 to accounting units (including aggregation)
Chart 1: Donations accepted by political parties
Figures are rounded to the nearest pound and may be subject to change if donations accepted in previous quarters are reported late in future.
Table 1: Donations accepted by political parties
Table 2: Accounting units that received most donations (value) per quarter
Parties' headquarters are excluded. Figures have been rounded to the nearest pound. Previous reporting periods are also available dating back to quarter 2 2012.
Table 3: List of quarterly top donors
This table lists the top ten donors in the quarter selected. Figures have been rounded to the nearest pound.
Donations reported late are not included.
Parties can only accept donations from permissible sources. These are set out in the legislation and parties have 30 days to decide whether they can accept or should return the donation received to the donor.
Table 4: Donations accepted by political parties broken down by type of donor
Chart 2: Donations accepted by political parties by type of donor
Five political parties reported receiving public funds in quarter 1 2016 totalling £2,370,143.
Following the 2010 UK general election, the distribution of public funds has changed. For more information, please visit Parliament's website.
Table 5: Public funds received by political parties broken down by type
Chart 3: Public funds received by political parties broken down by type
Donations must be reported in the quarterly return for the period in which they were accepted. Any donation not reported in the quarter it was accepted is a donation reported late.
Table 6: Donations reported this quarter that should have been reported previously
The total has been broken down by central party/HQ and accounting units according to the section of the party that failed to report the donation on time.
Figures are rounded to the nearest pound.
Chart 4: Donations reported late by party
During Quarter 1 2016, eight parties entered into new loans totalling £1,994,693.
The total amount of loans fully repaid or converted into donations this quarter was £714,211.
Table 7: Loans outstanding by parties as at 31 March 2016
A loan is an agreement where a person (or organisation) makes a loan of money to the party. The conditions of the loan are agreed by the party and the lender. Parties are required to report not only the loan but also changes to the agreed terms and conditions, including when a loan ends. The amount displayed is the total amount to be lent under the agreement (not including interest).
|Party||New loans (£)||Loans repaid in full or converted into donations (£)||Total loans outstanding (£)|
|Alliance EPP: European People’s Party UK||0||0||39,228|
|British National Party||82,304||0||119,304|
|Conservative and Unionist Party||3,509||27,115||972,611|
|Equal and Just Society||0||0||8,000|
|One Love Party||10,000||0||10,000|
|Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales||0||0||9,413|
|Scottish National Party (SNP)||1,000,000||0||1,165,553|
|Scottish Socialist Party||0||0||63,000|
|The People's Party for Better Government||0||0||7,800|
|The Respect Party||0||0||18,417|
|UK Independence Party (UKIP)||7,530||59,596||477,888|
Table 8: Credit facilities outstanding by parties as at 31 March 2016
A credit facility is an agreement where a registered party is entitled to receive a loan of money from time to time from another person (or organisation). The credit facility will generally have an upper limit specified in the credit facility agreement. Examples of common credit facilities include overdrafts and credit cards. The amount displayed is the maximum that can be borrowed and not the amount that is drawn upon at any one time.
|Party||New credit facilities (£)||Reduction of credit facilities (£)||Total credit facilities outstanding (£)|
|Conservative and Unionist Party||0||0||5,554,000|
|Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales||0||0||50,000|
|Scottish Socialist Party||0||0||10,000|
Table 9: Connected transactions outstanding by parties as at 31 March 2016
A connected transaction is an arrangement where a person (or organisation) gives any form of security on behalf of a political party in respect of a loan or a credit facility arranged with someone other than the party or the person giving security. Where a person (or organisation) has provided security or a guarantee, it is the maximum that they could be liable to pay.
Connected transactions extinguished (£)
|Total outstanding connected transactions (£)|
|Labour Party||0|| |
|Liberal Democrats||0|| |
* The Labour Party reported four unlimited connected transactions linked to two new loans in Q2 2013
All figures are rounded to the nearest pound and are subject to change if borrowing is reported late in future quarters.
Details of all borrowings
For any question or request, please contact the Party and Elections Finance Directorate by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (0333 103 1928).