Non-party campaigner: 2021 elections

Overview

We have published our guidance for the Scottish Parliamentary election and Senedd election on 6 May 2021.

The regulated period for non-party campaigners starts on 6 January 2021 and ends on 6 May 2021.

The guidance has been developed based on the legislation as it currently stands and so it may be subject to change. We will update and republish the guidance as appropriate once the legislation is clear.

You must register as non-party campaigner with us if you spend, or plan to spend, more than £20,000 in England or £10,000 in any of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland on ‘regulated campaign activity’ during a regulated period. During the regulated period there are rules about how much non-party campaigners can spend on ‘regulated campaign activity’.

If you are unsure whether or not you have spent money on regulated campaign activity, then please refer to the guidance below. You can also get in touch with us if you have questions.

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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, and the law on who can donate to registered non-party campaigners. 

From 31 December 2020, the following entities can no longer register and donations can no longer be accepted from:

  • 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. The responsible person must make sure that they know the up to date position before accepting donations that might be affected. In the event that these rules change unexpectedly we will update our guidance and website accordingly.

 

Situations & Procedures

Registering with us

This part covers:

  • who can register as a non-party campaigner
  • when you must register as a non-party campaigner
  • how to apply to register
  • what happens after registration

Situations & Procedures

Donations to non-party campaigners

Factsheets

Local non-party campaigning at elections in May 2021

Rules for non-party campaigners that are campaigning locally at the local elections, Greater London Authority, or Police & Crime Commissioner elections in May 2021.

If you are campaigning locally at the Scottish Parliamentary or Senedd elections, please see the relevant election specific guidance linked above.