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Financial accounts for smaller political parties in Northern Ireland published

Published: 28 Jul 2017

Financial accounts of political parties and their accounting units in Northern Ireland, with income and expenditure of £250,000 or less, have been published today by the Electoral Commission. The accounts are for the year ending 31 December 2016.

Party income and expenditure

Twenty parties in Northern Ireland reported having gross income and total expenditure of £250,000 or less in 2016. The ten parties with the highest income are listed below.

Party

Income

Expenditure

Green Party

£64,675

£75,575

Socialist Party (Northern Ireland)

£60,998

£63,687

People Before Profit Alliance

£46,600

£43,428

The Workers Party

£38,500

£38,859

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

£37,971

£35,708

Progressive Unionist Party of Northern Ireland

£23,167

£16,460

Northern Ireland Labour Representation Committee

£14,975

£10,648

Cross-Community Labour Alternative

£14,555

£14,211

Animal Welfare Party

£13,292

£14,060

Conservative and Unionist Party

£8,985

£9,991

In total, these parties reported £325,000 income and £323,000 expenditure. Compared to 2015, income decreased by about £225,000 and expenditure reduced by about £207,000 compared to 2015.

Accounting unit income and expenditure

Political parties may register 'accounting units’ with the Electoral Commission. These are constituent or affiliated units of a political party, including constituency parties, who have separate finances from the main party.

Six accounting units in Northern Ireland reported income or expenditure between £25,000 and £250,000.

    

Party

Accounting unit

Income

Expenditure

Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P.

Westminster Parliamentary Party - MP Grouping

£162,808

£183,353

Ulster Unionist Party

Ulster Unionist Assembly Party

£133,893

£136,470

SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour Party)

Northern Ireland Assembly Party

£118,897

£125,097

Alliance - Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

Alliance Assembly Party

£89,302

£82,903

SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour Party)

Westminster Parliamentary Group

£68,749

£74,803

Ulster Unionist Party

Belfast East Constituency Unionist Association

£42,551

£36,524

      

Late submissions

Eight parties submitted late or failed to submit their accounts by the deadline of 30 April 2017. The Commission will review each of these failures in line with its established Enforcement Policy.

The deadline for parties and their accounting units with income or expenditure of more than £250,000 to submit their audited accounts was 7 July 2017. All parties submitted accounts by the deadline and the Commission will publish those accounts later in the year.

Full details of the financial accounts that were published today can be viewed on our website here.

Ends

For further information please contact Cahir Hughes in the Electoral Commission press office (Northern Ireland) on 028 9089 4028 or email Chughes@electoralcommission.org.uk. For outside office hours call 07789 920414

Notes to editors:

1. The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:

  • enabling the 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
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

2. Accounting units with income and expenditure that are either £25,000 or less are not required to submit their accounts.

3. The fact that a Statement of Accounts has been placed on the Commission’s website should not be taken to indicate that the Electoral Commission has verified or validated it in any way.

4. Figures for income and expenditure have been rounded. Please see online database for exact amounts.

5. Details of how failures to submit Statement of Accounts by the deadline have been dealt with in the past can be found in our publication of Closed Cases.

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