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Election campaign spending

There are rules that control spending by political parties during regulated periods. This page contains guidance on how to comply with the rules, including the forms that you need.

A UK parliamentary general election (UKPGE) has been announced. The election will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017. In the run-up to certain elections, there is a set time when the rules on spending and donations apply. We call this time the 'regulated period'. The rules will differ depending on which election is being held.

The regulated period for political parties at the UKPGE on 8 June 2017 is 9 June 2016 to 8 June 2017.

We have produced guidance for the UKPGE and this can be found in the resources table below.

Pre poll reporting will apply to political parties and the forms for this can also be found in the resources table below.

Dates for pre-poll reporting

Date of dissolution of UK Parliament - 3 May 2017

Polling day - Thursday 8 June 2017

Exemption from weekly reporting

We can accept exemptions from weekly donation and loan reporting between 3 May and 9 May 2017.

Reporting dates

Weekly reporting period Reporting period dates Deadline for submission
Week 1 3 May to 9 May 16 May 2017
Week 2 10 May to 16 May 23 May 2017
Week 3 17 May to 23 May 30 May 2017
Week 4 24 May to 30 May 6 June 2017
Week 5 31 May to 6 June 13 June 2017
Week 6 7 June to 8 June 15 June 2017

Please note that you may need to read other parts of the guidance as well to ensure that you are aware of all the rules.

Read our general campaign spending guidance (PDF).

Situations & procedures

UK parliamentary general election 2017

This part covers:

  • rules for political parties contesting the UK Parliamentary general election on Thursday 8 June.


Party campaign spending

This part covers:

  • The types of election spending
  • The regulated period
  • What campaign spending is
  • Managing campaign spending
  • Splitting campaign spending
  • Recording and reporting spending

Overview of party campaign spending (PDF)

Situations & procedures

UK Parliamentary general election 2015 (GB and NI)

This part covers:

  • rules for political parties contesting the 2015 UK Parliamentary General Election in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Situations & procedures: UK Parliamentary general election 2015 (GB and NI) (PDF)

Party or campaigner