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This article is more than 5 months old What are the rules for donating to UK political parties?

What are the rules for donations?


Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), which governs donations to political parties, any contribution of more than £500 must come from a UK-based individual or company.

What about donations under £500?


Contributions of £500 or less are, somewhat confusingly, not considered to be “donations”. This means political parties are not required to keep records of the names and addresses of people making such payments. However, it is an offence to attempt to evade the controls on donations, for instance by donating more than £500 via multiple small payments.

Can you donate from abroad?


No, except if the amount is £500 or less, because that would not technically be considered a donation. An Electoral Commission spokesperson said: “An overseas individual can give an amount under £500.”