Schedule 2 – Campaign Expenditure

SCHEDULE 2  [Section 20]

AMENDMENTS TO POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS ACT 2000

 

PART 1

LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE

1. Schedule 9 to the 2000 Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 6.

2.—(1) Paragraph 3 (parliamentary general elections) is amended as follows.

(2) In sub-paragraph (2)(a), for “£30,000” substitute “£25,500”.

(3) In sub-paragraph (3)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “£810,000” substitute “£688,500”;

(b) in paragraph (b), for “£120,000” substitute “£102,000”; and

(c) in paragraph (c), for “£60,000” substitute “£51,000”.

(4) In sub-paragraph (4), for “£30,000” substitute “£25,500”.

(5) For sub-paragraph (7), substitute—

“(7) For the purposes of this paragraph the relevant period is—

(a) (subject to paragraph (b)) four months ending with the date of the poll for the election;

(b) where an early parliamentary general election under section 2 of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 is to take place less than 4 months after the date of the poll at the immediately preceding parliamentary general election, the period—

(i) beginning with the day after the date of the poll for that preceding election, and

(ii) ending with the date of the poll for the early parliamentary general election.”.

(6) After sub-paragraph (7) insert—

“(8) No more than one per cent. of the overall maximum amount determined under sub-paragraph (9) may be incurred by a represented registered party for the purposes of—

(a) sending unsolicited material falling within item (3) of the list in paragraph 1 of Schedule 8 to any person registered, or entitled to be registered, in the register of parliamentary electors for any one particular constituency in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (as the case may be); or

(b) making unsolicited telephone calls to such persons.

(9) The overall maximum amount determined under this sub-paragraph is an amount equal to the aggregate of—

(a) the amounts respectively determined under sub-paragraph (2) in relation to each of England, Scotland and Wales; and

(b) the amount determined under sub-paragraph (4) in relation to Northern Ireland.”.

3.—(1) Paragraph 4 (general elections to European Parliament) is amended as follows.

(2) In each of sub-paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) for “£45,000” substitute “£38,250”.

4. In paragraph 5(2) (general elections to Scottish Parliament)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “£12,000” substitute “£10,200”;

(b) in paragraph (b), for “£80,000” substitute “£68,000”.

5. In paragraph 6(2) (general elections to the National Assembly for Wales)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “£10,000” substitute “£8,500”;

(b) in paragraph (b), for “£40,000” substitute “£34,000”.

6. In paragraph 7(2) (general elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly), for “£17,000” substitute “£14,450”.

 

PART 2

LIMITS ON CONTROLLED EXPENDITURE

 

7. Schedule 10 to the 2000 Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs 8 to 12.

 

8.—(1) Paragraph 3 (parliamentary general elections) is amended as follows.

(2) In sub-paragraph (2)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “£793,750” substitute “£674,475”;

(b) in paragraph (b), for “£108,000” substitute “£91,800”;

(c) in paragraph (c), for “£60,000”substitute “£51,000”;

(d) in paragraph (d), for “£27,000”substitute “£22,950”.

(3) For sub-paragraph (3), substitute—

“(3) For the purposes of this paragraph the relevant period is—

(a) (subject to paragraph (b)) four months ending with the date of the poll for the election;

(b) where an early parliamentary general election under section 2 of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 is to take place less than 4 months after the date of the poll at the immediately preceding parliamentary general election, the period—

(i) beginning with the day after the date of the poll for that preceding election, and

(ii) ending with the date of the poll for the early parliamentary general election.”.

(4) After sub-paragraph (3) insert—

“(4) No more than one per cent. of the overall maximum amount determined under sub-paragraph (5) may be incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party for the purposes of—

(a) sending unsolicited material addressed to any person registered, or entitled to be registered, in the register of parliamentary electors for any one particular constituency in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (as the case may be); or

(b) making unsolicited telephone calls to such persons.

(5) The overall maximum amount determined under this sub-paragraph is an amount equal to the aggregate of the amounts respectively determined under sub-paragraph (2) in relation to each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

(6) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (4)(a)—

(a) it is irrelevant whether the material is addressed to persons by name or is intended for delivery to households within the constituency or part of the constituency);

(b) expenses in respect of unsolicited material include design costs and other costs in connection with preparing, producing or distributing or otherwise disseminating any such material (including the costs of postage).”.

 

9.—(1) In paragraph 4 (general elections to European Parliament) is amended as follows.

(2) In sub-paragraph (2)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “£159,750” substitute “£135,788”;

(b) in paragraph (b), for “£18,000” substitute “£15,300”;

(c) in paragraph (c), for “£11,259” substitute “£9,570”;

(d) in paragraph (d), for “£6,750” substitute “£5,738”.

(3) In sub-paragraph (2A)—

(a) in paragraph (a), for “£16,000” substitute “£13,600”;

(b) in paragraph (b), for “£5,000” substitute “£4,250”.

 

10. In paragraph 5(2) (general elections to Scottish Parliament), for “£75,800” substitute “£64,430”.

 

11. In paragraph 6(2) (general elections to the National Assembly for Wales), for “£30,000” substitute “£25,500”.

 

12. In paragraph 7(2) (general elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly), for “£15,300” substitute “£13,005”.

 

Explanatory Note
Schedule 2 is given effect by Clause 19, and makes provision by reductions by 15% of all the existing expenditure limits contained in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, reflecting the CSPL recommendation on this point.

To reflect the constituency spending arrangements set out in Clause 18 on  annual non-election spending limits), the Schedule also provides that only a set proportion of the general spending limit at elections may be spent in any one constituency. This is to ensure that there is a constituency limit on, for example, non-candidate specific direct mail sent from the central party HQs.

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