Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 every candidate is required to return a statement of all election expenses and payments together with all bills or receipts relating to the payments. Usually this will be done by an Election Agent, however, in my case standing as an Independent, I am responsible for handling all the duties usually assigned to an Election Agent.
Below I have listed all my expenditure which I have spent during the ‘regulated period’, the regulated period is the time when spending limits and rules apply, which includes:
- items or services bought before the regulated period begins, but used during it (such as my web hosting and domain name for my site)
- items or services given to a candidate free of charge or at a non-commercial discount of more than 10%
During the regulated period there is a spending limit imposed on all candidates. This is £740, plus 6p per local council elector registered to vote in the ward where the candidate is standing. For the Lochgelly, Cardenden and Benarty ward this is a total allowable expenditure of £1566.14 (£740 + £826.14 based on an electorate of 13,769 within the ward).
The rules can be viewed in the following PDF file made available from the Electoral Commission: Guidance for candidates and agents – part 3 of 6 – spending
I am currently not expecting to incur any additional costs during the regulated period. If I do, I will update this page accordingly. Unlike political parties that will cover the cost of a candidates election spending during the regulated period, these costs I have covered myself.
|A4 double-sided election leaflets (10,000 copies) from Fife Print & Sign Centres||
|Facebook advert running from 13th March to 30th April 2017||
|Facebook advert running from 1st May to 4th May 2017||
|A3 poster and lamination (7 copies) from WestPort||
|Web Hosting and Domain Name used for campaigning between 13th March 2017 to 4th May 2017||