There are limits on how much money candidates spend at elections, and controls on the sources of funding for that spending.
After the election, candidates and their agents must account for the costs of campaigning and donations to the campaign in a spending return.
The current spending limit for a candidate standing in a local government election is £806.00, plus 7p per local government elector registered to vote on the last day for publication of the Notice of Election in the ward being contested.
For example, if there are 7,500 local government electors in a ward, the spending limit is:
£806 + (7,500 x 0.07) = £1,331
The number of electors that candidates will need to calculate the expenses limits is the total number of qualified electors on the local government register as at 1 April 2022.
The table below shows the number of local government electors in each ward as on 1 April 2022:
|Ward||Number of local government electors|
|Fulwell and Hampton Hill||7,903|
|Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside||7,411|
|Hampton Wick and South Teddington||8,029|
|Mortlake and Barnes Common||8,171|
|St Margarets and North Twickenham||8,263|
You are a joint candidate if you stand in the same ward and:
- Have the same election agent, or
- Use the same campaign rooms, or
- Publish joint material
Joint candidates have lower spending limits, as they are sharing some of the costs. You should calculate your spending limit as above, and then reduce it by a quarter (25%) if you have two joint candidates, and by a third (33%) if you have three joint candidates.
For example, two candidates standing in the same ward decide to issue joint campaign material. This makes them joint candidates. There are 7,500 local government electors in a ward. To calculate each joint candidates spending limit:
- First, calculate the spending limit for a single candidate: £806 + (7,500 x 0.07) = £1,331
- Then, calculate 25% of this amount: £1,331 x (25÷100) = £332.75
- Then, take this amount off the spending limit for a single candidate: £1,331 - £332.75 = £998.25
The spending limit for each of the two joint candidates is £998.25
Please note that the calculation of spending limits is the responsibility of the candidate and/or election agent.
Visit the Electoral Commission's website for further guidance on candidate spending.
You can also contact The Electoral Commission by email at email@example.com, or by phone on 0333 103 1928.
Up to: Elections and referendums
Updated: 14 April 2022