Guidance for Candidates and Agents at UK Parliamentary general elections in Great Britain

How much can you spend?

You have a separate spending limit in the short campaign and in the long campaign (if there is one).

Long campaign

The spending limit is based on a fixed amount, plus a variable amount per registered elector in your constituency. This provides the maximum possible spending limit for the long campaign.

Your local electoral registration officer will be able to give you the number of registered electors in your constituency, and whether it is a borough, burgh or county constituency.

Fixed amountVariable amount – borough constituency (burgh in Scotland)Variable amount – county constituency
£40,2208p per registered parliamentary elector12p per registered parliamentary elector

Depending on when Parliament is dissolved during the parliamentary term, the spending limit may be reduced to a percentage of the maximum. The later Parliament is dissolved, and the longer the duration of the long campaign, the higher the spending limit is for the long campaign.

Our guidance will be updated when the election is called, to provide certainty around the timing and spending limit of the long campaign.

Month that Parliament is dissolvedMaximum limit is reduced to
Before the 56th month (Before 18 July 2024)Not applicable - no long campaign
During the 56th month (18 July 2024 – 17 August 2024)60%
During the 57th month (18 August 2024 – 17 September 2024)70%
During the 58th month (18 September 2024 – 17 October 2024)80%
During the 59th month (18 October 2024 – 17 November 2024)90%
During the 60th month (18 November 2024 – 17 December 2024)No reduction - 100% of the maximum limit

Short campaign 

The spending limit is based on a fixed amount, plus a variable amount per registered elector in your constituency.

Your local electoral registration officer will be able to give you the number of registered electors in your constituency, and whether it is a borough, burgh or county constituency.

Fixed amountVariable amount – borough constituency (burgh in Scotland)Variable amount – county constituency
£11,3908p per registered parliamentary elector12p per registered parliamentary elector
Last updated: 4 December 2023