Barometer

How much are political parties allowed to spend in the general election?

30 November 2019

9:00 AM

30 November 2019

9:00 AM

Election counts

Michael Bloomberg — the ninth richest person in America — entered the US presidential race by buying $34 million (£26 million) worth of advertising just to launch his campaign. How does that compare with what British political parties are allowed to spend in the general election?
— In Britain, each party is allowed to spend, centrally, £30,000 for each constituency fought. With 650 constituencies, this amounts to a maximum of £19.5 million.
— In addition, individual candidates can spend £8,700 plus 6p per voter (in urban boroughs) or 9p per voter (in county constituencies).
— Put the two together and it means there is an effective maximum level of spending of just under £30 million per party.
— In the US, there are limits on individual donations but no limit on overall spend. In 2016, Hillary Clinton spent approximately $800 million and Donald Trump around $400 million.

Cost of caring

The Conservative party’s manifesto failed to include an expected policy for funding long-term care. How much does long-term care cost and how much is met from the public purse?
— In 2017, long-term care cost £48.2 billion, out of total healthcare spending of £197.4 billion.
— The £48.2 billion is divided into two parts: health-related long-term care and social-related long-term care.
—In 2017, government met 66% of the
cost of health-related care, with 31% paid by individuals and 3% by charities.
— As for social-related long-term care, 48% was met by government, 40% from the non-profit sector and 12% by individuals.
Source: ONS

Building hopes


Labour promised to build 100,000 council homes a year by 2023/24, up from 2,240 in the year to June. Which local authorities built the most council homes?

Newcastle on Tyne – 210
Camden – 160
Nottingham – 100
Hounslow, Islington – 90

No council homes at all were built in 26 out of 33 London boroughs, three out of six metropolitan counties and 16 out of 27 shire counties.
Source: Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Got something to add? Join the discussion and comment below.

You might disagree with half of it, but you’ll enjoy reading all of it. Try your first 10 weeks for just $10


Show comments
Close