Candidates: Expenditure

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 26 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled It’s time for urgent and positive Government action: The AEA’s review of the 2017 local government elections and the UK Parliamentary general election, published in September 2017, on the Government undertaking a full and thorough review of the processes that deal with the recording of candidates’ expenses including consideration of the return to, and subsequent reporting of, expenses to Returning Officers and the possible provision of online reporting and inspection mechanisms.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

The development of such a facility would likely incur substantial cost as a online platform would need to be developed, established and maintained. Such a facility would also impact on the work of the Electoral Commission, as the administration and maintenance of the facility would need to be overseen by the Electoral Commission.

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