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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

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)

Find out more about the rules on donations to political parties

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

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Donations accepted by accounting units

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.

Top donors

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.

Donor type

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

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Chart 2: Donations accepted by political parties by type of donor

Public funds

Five political parties reported receiving public funds in quarter 3 2016 totalling £2,334,194.

Following the 2010 UK general election, the distribution of public funds has changed. For more information, please visit Parliament's website.

Find out more about public funds

Table 5: Public funds received by political parties broken down by type

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Chart 3: Public funds received by political parties broken down by type

Donations reported late

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

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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

Borrowing

During Quarter 3 2016, three parties entered into new loans totalling £15,600.

The total amount of loans fully repaid or converted into donations this quarter was £169,890.

Table 7: Loans outstanding by parties as at 30 September 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 36,680
British National Party 0 0 119,304
Conservative and Unionist Party 10,000159,500847,347
English Democrats 0  0 166,644
Equal and Just Society 0 0 8,000
Green Party 0 2,0000
Labour Party 1,5002,612793,183
Liberal Democrats 4,10015,7781,013,167
One Love Party0010,000
Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales009,413
Scottish National Party (SNP)00965,553
Scottish Socialist Party0063,000
The Peoples Party For Better Government007,800
The Respect Party [De-registered 18/08/2016]0018,417
UK Independence Party (UKIP)00300,000

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