The spending limit

How much you can spend in the regulated period depends on how many candidates are standing for your party.

You have a separate spending limit in each part of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – based on the number of seats your party is contesting in that part.1

If you are not standing any candidates, then you do not have a spending limit and you will not have to submit a return.

Parties standing candidates in Great Britain  

For political parties that are contesting the UK Parliamentary general election (UKPGE) in Great Britain, your party’s spending limit is whichever the greater is of:

Either:

Part of GBSpending limit
England£1,458,440
Scotland£216,060
Wales£108,030

Or:

£54,010 x the number of seats your party is contesting in each part of Great Britain. 

Each part of Great Britain has a separate limit based on the number of seats your party is contesting in that part.

eg

For example:

Your party is contesting all the constituencies in each part of the UK at the UKPGE. This is 543 constituencies in England, 57 constituencies in Scotland and 32 constituencies in Wales. Your spending limits will be: 

Part of GBSpending limitWorking
England£29,327,430(543 x £54,010)
Scotland£3,078,570(57 x £54,010)
Wales£1,728,320(32 x £54,010)

This is because the total for each area is greater than the fixed amount shown in the first table.

Parties standing candidates in Northern Ireland

Parties standing candidates in Northern Ireland  

For political parties that are contesting the UKPGE in Northern Ireland, your party’s spending limit is:

£54,010 x the number of seats your party is contesting in the UKPGE. 

eg NI

For example: 

Your party is contesting 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland. Your spending limit will be:

£54,010 x 18 = £972,180

Last updated: 15 February 2024