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The Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2007, which specify the rules for conducting local governance referendums, including referendums on having a directly elected mayor, set an expense limit for campaign expenditure at local governance referendums. While there are no statutory arrangements for monitoring compliance with these provisions, exceeding this limit constitutes a criminal offence.
The 2007 Regulations will be replaced by new regulations following the enactment of the Localism Act 2011; it is intended that these will replicate the existing provisions on expense limits.
Where a registered political party or a regulated donee are participants in a mayoral referendum, the requirements of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in respect of donations to parties or regulated donees will apply.