Guidance on how to comply with the rules

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

The regulated period for parties started on 6 January 2021 and ended on 6 May 2021.

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


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
Expert paper

Splitting campaign spending

This part covers:

  • The basics and the guiding principle
  • Splitting spending in practice
Situations & procedures

Hustings events

This part covers:

  • An introduction to hustings
  • What rules apply
  • Holding hustings events
  • Candidates involved in hustings events

Are you holding a hustings?