Interim corporate plan 2020/21 - 2024/25

We have published an interim corporate plan covering 2020 - 2025. This is required by legislation following the 2019 general election.

The plan covers our early priorities and how we plan to fulfil our responsibilities, particularly in the first year. 

A full five year plan will be published later this year.

Our vision and goals

Our vision is to be a world-class public sector organisation — innovative, delivering great value and getting right what matters most to voters and legislators.

We plan to achieve this vision through a five-year work programme with four goals.

Goal 1

To enable the continued delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible

Goal 2

To ensure an increasingly trusted and transparent system of regulation in political finance, overseeing compliance, promoting understanding amongst those regulated and proactively pursuing breaches

Goal 3

To be an independent and respected centre of expertise, using knowledge and insight to further the transparency, fairness and efficiency of our democratic system, and help adapt it to the modern, digital age

Goal 4

To provide value for money, making best use of our resources and expertise to deliver services that are attuned to what matters most to voters. This goal underpins and supports all of our work

The changing context

The period since the last corporate plan was published has seen significant change.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to be felt, including the postponement of the polls scheduled for May 2020. A welcome step, but one which presents a big challenge to running the May 2021 polls.

Elections continue to be well-run, despite the demands that unscheduled polls place on electoral administrators. Public satisfaction with the process of registering to vote, and voting, continues to be high. Our regulation of political finance has continued to prove its worth.

But our system is showing strain. There is significant pressure on local authorities’ resources and capacity. For the public, the system depends on trust, which can be lost quickly if doubt begins to set in.

While our research with the public shows that the majority of people were confident the May 2019 elections were well run, and most voters were satisfied with the voting process, overall levels of voter confidence in the running of the May local and European Parliamentary Election were lower than at previous polls.

Over the next five years, investing in reforms to support the delivery of well-run elections, the effectiveness and transparency of campaigning, and the bolstering of voter confidence, will be critical.

Outdated electoral law is one of the biggest challenge we face. From an outdated registration system in need of modernisation, to large volumes of legislation that electoral administrators need to refer to when running multiple elections.

Existing proposals from the UK's Law Commissions have provided a strong basis for further work, and we continue to call on the UK's governments to take these forward.

The nature of political campaigning continues to change. Digital advertising spend is increasing. Regulation, and the law, needs to keep up with these advances.

As campaigning changes, we need to ensure that we have the right powers
and tools to effectively regulate political finance. We are working hard to encourage compliance with all those concerned.

None of these issues are new, but they are increasing in risk and urgency. Our plan outlines how we want to play a part in addressing these challenges. We also plan to work with all UK governments to help them take forward their own reform plans.

Our goals and priorities over the next five years

Read the corporate plan in full

Last updated: 22 June 2020
Next review: 30 May 2020