Political Parties: Compliance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 2018.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South 12:00 am, 8th March 2018

The Electoral Commission has a statutory duty to monitor the political finance rules and take all reasonable steps to secure compliance with them. The amount of money spent on compliance measures fluctuates and tends to intensify around electoral events. The full range of this activity includes creating comprehensive guidance for parties, campaigners and candidates; engaging with parties directly; monitoring campaign activity; checking and publishing financial returns from parties; and the enforcement of the rules. In the 2017-18 financial year, the commission’s budget for its political finance and regulation directorate is £2.66 million.