Our regulatory role is to make sure people understand and follow the rules on party and election finance. We provide advice and guidance services for the organisations and individuals we regulate to help them to comply with the law.
- View background information on the law that underpins our regulatory role
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4 April 2013: User guides for parties to submit statutory returns online
User guides are now available to help parties and party officers submit statutory returns using PEF Online. If you are a party officer and would like to use PEF Online, but do not have an account, please contact the Party and Election Finance team on 020 7271 0616 or email email@example.com. The user guides are available in each guidance area for parties and party officers.
15 February 2013: Updates from the Director
Our Director of Party and Election Finance, Lisa Klein, recently wrote to all party treasurers to update them on a number of developments that are contributing towards meeting our objective of transparency in party and election finance, with high levels of compliance. The letter covers a number of areas in our compliance work, including how to use our online system to maintain your party, the upcoming deadlines for submitting statements of accounts, and an update on how our review of the law on party and election finance is progressing.
28 December 2012: Reporting deadlines for 2013
The reporting deadlines for parties to submit their quarterly donation and loan returns, annual accounts, and to confirm their details are now available.
11 October 2012: Your feedback on our guidance
Since 2010 we have produced our guidance in a new, more user-friendly format. It is organised as a suite of linked, bite-sized documents that become more complex as you move from an introduction towards detailed expert papers.
As this guidance has now been available for a while this seems like a good time to check how well the guidance is working for you. Please take 5 minutes to fill in our online survey on PEF guidance.
Guidance and forms
If you are looking for guidance and forms to help you comply with the law on party election finance please see the relevant guidance page:
- political parties and party officers (including guidance on reporting donations and loans and statements of accounts)
- to register a new party or maintain your party's details
- candidates and agents
- non-party campaigners (recognised third parties)
- campaigners in referendums (including permitted participants)
- other regulated individuals (such as holders of elective office and members of political parties, including prospective candidates)
- other regulated organisations (members associations and unincorporated associations)
About our guidance
We provide written guidance, statutory forms and explanatory notes to help you complete the forms. If you experience any difficulties in downloading our guidance and forms please contact us using the details above.
How to find what you’re looking for
Our guidance is organised as a suite of linked, bite-sized documents that become more complex as you move from an introduction towards detailed expert papers.
- Introductions are relevant to everyone. Use an introduction to help you understand the subject and select the documents relevant to you.
- Overviews and situations and procedures provide information in sufficient detail to meet the needs of most readers. Use these documents to guide you through reporting requirements or to increase your understanding of particular issues, processes or electoral events.
- Expert papers are detailed guidance covering more difficult issues. The majority of people and organisations will not require this level of detail.
Want to register a party or maintain your party online?
On PEF Online it is possible to renew your registered details, submit statutory returns and make changes to your party’s registration without using paper forms. You can also register a new party and pay the annual registration fee online.
Advice and training
To help you comply with the law or with any party registration issues, we can offer tailored advice or training on request. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7271 0616.
For assistance from the Commission's offices in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland please contact: