Intro to page

On this page you will find guidance and information for individuals and organisations that campaign in the run up to elections but do not stand as political parties or candidates.

We call these individuals and organisations non-party campaigners. In electoral law they are called third parties.

There are rules non-party campaigners must follow on campaign spending, donations and reporting. We regulate those rules.

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.

In this section

Introduction

Non-party campaigners: Where to start

This guidance will help you to determine if your campaign activity is regulated:

Non-party campaigners: Where to start

Case studies from recent elections

Factsheets

Local campaigning at elections in May 2020

UK Government has announced plans to bring forward legislation to move the 7 May 2020 scheduled polls to 6 May 2021.

We will update this page once the legislation is made.

 

Guidance and information for individuals and organisations that campaign in the run up to elections but do not stand as political parties or candidates

    Changes to the law

    The UK government has changed the law on the types of entities that can register with us as a non-party campaigner. From 31 December 2020, the following organisations can no longer register:

    • companies incorporated in another EU member state
    • individuals and organisations based in Gibraltar

    Unregistered individuals and organisations can only spend up to £20,000 in England, and £10,000 in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, on regulated campaign activity during a regulated period.

    It remains possible for the UK government to defer, revoke or change these new laws. Anyone proposing to carry out regulated campaign activity in the UK must make sure that they know the up to date position before spending more than the legal limit. We will update our website as soon as we know more.

    Notification of lead campaigner arrangements between non-party campaigners

    Authorisation to incur targeted spending in support of a particular political party at a UKPGE