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Grants to designated lead campaigners

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (PPERA) allows the Commission to make available a publicly funded grant of up to £600,000 to each designated lead campaigner during a PPERA referendum.

For the EU referendum, the Commission made available £600,000 to each lead campaigner. The grant was permitted to be used towards the basic infrastructure costs of establishing or operating campaign offices during the referendum period, costs associated with ensuring voter inclusion and public safety at campaign events and the costs associated with the benefits available to lead campaigners of sending a free mailing to voters and using the referendum campaign broadcast slots.

Both designated lead campaigners claimed the full amount of the grant and used it in accordance with the terms and conditions. The final audited amounts paid under the grant were:

Vote Leave Ltd

Amount paid

Referendum addresses

£600,000

Total

£600,000

The In Campaign Ltd

Amount paid

Establishing / operating offices

£200,000

Referendum addresses

£400,000

Total

£600,000

The grant claim forms, and associated invoices and receipts, for the lead campaigners can be found in the PDFs below:

Notes on the grant claim payments

Vote Leave Limited submitted two separate claims against the grant totalling £600,000. As evidence for these claims, they submitted an invoice for the amount of £657,228.00. The Commission paid out the maximum grant available of £600,000 in two separate payments against these claims.

The In Campaign Limited submitted two separate claims against the grant totalling £600,825.15. The Commission paid out the maximum amount available of £600,000 against these claims.

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