We regulate the finances of political parties and maintain the registers of political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Political parties must follow certain rules set out in law.
Our guidance is here to help parties comply with the rules. You do not have to follow this guidance, but if you do, you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law.
Our guidance covers:
- How to register a party or maintain your party's details
- Reporting donations and loans in Great Britain
- Reporting donations and loans in Northern Ireland
- Reporting campaign spending
- Submitting your party's accounts
Looking for a form?
You can submit all forms online – use PEF Online.
Alternatively you can find a full list of our forms for political parties.
UK Parliamentary general election guidance
We have published our guidance for the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December 2019.
The regulated period for parties started on 13 December 2018 (365 days before polling day) and ends on 12 December 2019.
European Parliamentary election guidance
We have published our guidance for the European Parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on 23 May 2019.
The elections will take place in other EU Member States between Thursday 23 and Sunday 26 May 2019.
The regulated period for political parties and non-party campaigners will extend back to 23 January 2019.
Changes to the law
The UK government has changed the law on who can donate or lend money to UK registered political parties. From 31 December 2020, donations and loans can no longer be accepted from:
- companies incorporated in another EU member state
- individuals and organisations based in Gibraltar
There is an exception for parties on the Northern Ireland register, and regulated donees in Northern Ireland. The laws has not changed for them on accepting donations and loans from individuals and organisations based in the Republic of Ireland.
It remains possible for the UK government to defer, revoke or change these new laws. Party treasurers and regulated donees must make sure that they know the up to date position before accepting donations or loans that might be affected. We will update our website as soon as we know more.
Key dates for 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.
As part of regulating party finance and maintaining transparency, parties must submit financial reports on donations, loans and expenditure by certain dates.
This year parties that contested the 2019 UK Parliamentary general election will need to submit their spending returns.
Parties are also under a duty to confirm their details and renew their registration every year.
Below you can find the deadline dates for the main reporting requirements for political parties in 2020.
|13 January 2020||Deadline for receiving invoices for the 2019 UK Parliamentary general election|
|30 January 2020|
Deadline for submitting Quarter 4 (1 October 2019–31 December 2019) donations and loans reports
|10 February 2020||Deadline for paying invoices for the 2019 UK Parliamentary general election|
|12 March 2020||Deadline for submitting spending return for the 2019 UK Parliamentary general election (expenditure £250k or less)|
|30 April 2020|
Deadline for submitting Quarter 1 (1 January 2020–31 March 2020) donations and loans reports
Deadline for statement of accounts (income and expenditure below £250k) for year end 31 December 2019
|7 May 2020|
|12 June 2020|
Deadline for submitting audited spending return for the 2019 UK Parliamentary general election (expenditure over £250k)
|7 July 2020||Deadline for statement of accounts (income or expenditure over £250k) for year end 31 December 2019|
|30 July 2020||Deadline for submitting Quarter 2 (1 April 2020–30 June 2020) donations and loans report|
|30 October 2020||Deadline for submitting Quarter 3 (1 July 2020–30 September 2020) donations and loans report|
|30 January 2021||Deadline for submitting Quarter 4 (1 October 2020–31 December 2020) donations and loans report|