Guidance: other regulated individuals and organisations

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 Scottish Parliament
    • Members of the Senedd
    • 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.


Update on COVID-19 and financial returns

We, like many others, are trying to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on our staff, our work, and how we can be contacted for advice and delivering financial returns. 

Contacting us

We will only arrange meetings by exception, but we can continue to support you in other ways. Please contact us by email where possible. Our advice service is open.

Delivery of financial returns

Please deliver your financial returns online. We can, if necessary, accept post. Do not hand deliver your return. We can’t guarantee that any of our offices will be open to accept it.

Let us know if you think that COVID-19 will affect you delivering any return on time. Deadlines for returns are set out in law. We can’t change them. If we know that COVID-19 is affecting you getting your return in, we can support you and take the circumstances into account. If we don’t know, all we will see is a missed deadline.


We currently cannot guarantee that we can process cheques in a timely way. Wherever possible, payments should be made through online banking.

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:

Changes to the law

The European Parliamentary Elections Etc. (Repeal, Revocation, Amendment and Saving Provisions) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 has now come into force.

This legislation changes the rules on who can donate or lend money to regulated donees.

Our guidance and reporting forms have been updated to reflect the changes to the legislation.

Latest updates

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


The Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 was made on 7 March 2018.It changes the rules on the confidentiality of donations and loans to Northern Ireland political parties and regulated donees (members of registered political parties, members associations, and holders of relevant elective office such as MPs, MEPs, MLAs and councillors).

Find out more on the changes to the law in our factsheet (PDF)

Our guidance has been updated, and we will be publishing revised versions of the donations returns and loans reports forms to reflect the changes to the legislation.