Party spending and pre-poll donations and loans: UK Parliamentary general election

The regulated period

Campaign spending is what your party spends on certain activities to promote the party or criticise other parties during a particular period in the run-up to the election. 

This period is called the ‘regulated period’. The regulated period is the time when the spending limits and rules apply.

The regulated period for the 2024 UK Parliamentary general election (UKPGE) began on 6 July 2023, and runs to polling day on 4 July 2024.1  

This means that the regulated period will start well before the election is announced.

Any spending you incur which promotes your party or any of its candidates in the regulated period is covered, unless that spending was reported in candidate return or a recall petition return.

This includes spending promoting your party in the UKPGE, but also spending promoting your party in any other elections during the regulated period.

Last updated: 23 May 2024