Key dates

As part of regulating party finance and maintaining transparency, parties must submit financial reports on donations, loans and expenditure by certain dates.

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 2021.

30 January 2021

Deadline for submitting Quarter 4 (1 October 2020–31 December 2020) donations and loans reports

30 April 2021

Deadline for submitting Quarter 1 (1 January 2021–31 March 2021) donations and loans reports

Deadline for statement of accounts (income and expenditure below £250k) for year end 31 December 2020

6 May 2021

Polling day:

  • Scottish Parliamentary elections
  • Senedd elections
  • Local elections, Combined Authority Mayoral and Local Authority Mayoral elections in England
  • Greater London Authority elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales
7 June 2021

Deadline to receive invoices for the Scottish Parliamentary & Senedd elections

5 July 2021

Deadline to pay invoices for the Scottish Parliamentary & Senedd elections

7 July 2021

Deadline for statement of accounts (income or expenditure over £250k) for year end 31 December 2020

30 July 2021

Deadline for submitting Quarter 2 (1 April 2021–30 June 2021) donations and loans report

6 August 2021

Deadline for submitting spending return for the Scottish Parliamentary & Senedd elections (expenditure £250k or less)

30 October 2021

Deadline for submitting Quarter 3 (1 July 2021–30 September 2021) donations and loans report

6 November 2021

Deadline for submitting spending return for the Scottish Parliamentary & Senedd elections (expenditure over £250k)

30 January 2022

Deadline for submitting Quarter 4 (1 October 2021–31 December 2021) donations and loans report