We know where it’s meant to be going, but having looked at transactions from the Electoral Commission you may well be surprised just how much of it is actually being donated to Political Parties!
As we previously reported the largest comparative portion between April 2001 and April 2014 was given to the Tory party (we don’t mean Government – we mean literally a political party).
We must point out that this is all within their rules although we’re trying to obtain information behind each transaction.
Next we learned the Labour party were given £30,899,109.84 of taxpayers money. Source: http://freepdfhosting.com/5512403b56.pdf
After that we learned the Liberal Democrats were given £16,856,886.01 of taypayers money. Source: http://freepdfhosting.com/16c3ae273b.pdf
So is there anyone left who gets a share too? Well, yes there is. There are other political parties and ‘regulated donees’ who receive a portion of taxpayers money for their projects.
Taxpayer donations to remaining parties & regulated donees
Included in this list are:
Green Party (political party)
Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Party (regulated donee – separate from political party)
Liberal Democrats Scottish Parliamentary Party (regulated donee)
Nork Residents’ Association (political party)
Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales (political party)
Scottish Green Party (political party)
Scottish National Party (SNP) (political party)
Scottish National Party Parliamentary Group (regulated donee)
Scottish Socialist Party (political party)
SNP Westminster Parliamentary Group (regulated donee)
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We contacted a couple of groups regarding this type of spending and the first group replied on 4th August 2014:
[The Electoral Commission has further information about public funding for political parties which can be found here:
At the bottom of the above link is a list of the other sources of public funds. Feel free to contact them to see if they also carry out audits.
The Electoral Commission gives out Policy Development Grants to some political parties. The Commission audits these, and you can see the audit reports here: