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Donations and loans to other individuals and organisations

There are rules on who can make donations and loans to some people and organisations engaged in political activities. The individuals and groups that we regulate are:

  • Holders of some elective offices:
    • Members of the UK Parliament
    • Members of the European Parliament representing the UK
    • Members of the Scottish Parliament
    • Members of the National Assembly for Wales
    • Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly
    • Members of any local authority in the UK (excluding parish or community councils), including the London Assembly
    • Mayor of London and any other elected Mayor
    • Members of political parties
  • Groups of party members (also known as members associations)

These people and organisations have to report donations and loans above a certain value to us and we publish details of those reports.

Members of the House of Commons do not have to report most donations and loans to us, but must report them to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

Latest updates

  • Changes to the confidentiality rules on donations and loans to Northern Ireland political parties and regulated donees from 1 July 2017

    23-11-2017

    The Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 (the Order) was laid before the UK Parliament on 23 November 2017.

    If it gets Parliamentary approval, it will change the rules on confidentiality of donations and loans to Northern Ireland political parties and regulated donees (members of political parties, members associations, and holders of elective office such as MPs, MEPs, MLAs and councillors).

    To help you understand the changes to the rules, we have published a factsheet providing more information which you can find here.

    We will publish amended guidance once the law has changed. You should check our website regularly for further updates. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact us at pef@electoralcommission.org.uk.

  • Changes to the confidentiality rules on donations and loans to Northern Ireland regulated donees: regulated individuals (members of political parties and holders of elective office) and regulated organisations (members associations).

    03-07-2017

    The UK Government announced on 3 July that it will bring forward legislation to allow the Electoral Commission to publish details of some donations and loans made to Northern Ireland regulated donees . It is currently unlawful for the Electoral Commission to disclose any information reported to us about donations and loans made to Northern Ireland regulated donees, under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA).

    Once this legislation is passed, details of donations received and loans entered into by regulated donees from 1 July 2017 and reported to the Electoral Commission will be published on our website. We expect the first publication of this information to be autumn 2017.

    We will publish a factsheet after the draft legislation is published and publish amended guidance once the law has changed.    You should check our website regularly to make sure you are aware of when the new rules come into force and for further updates.

    For further advice and information please contact us at pef@electoralcommission.org.uk.

Guidance for other individuals and organisations we regulate

We provide guidance for the individuals and organisations that we regulate to help them to comply with the rules. Please visit our guidance pages to find out more about the specific rules:

Political parties, campaigning & donations