The Liberal Democrats rely on small donations from individuals like you. We've never had the big business or trade union cash the other parties can count on, especially at a local level.
You can help us achieve the changes we all care about by standing for election, delivering leaflets, canvassing voters or making phone calls. But you can also help by making a donation.
Your donation will make a real difference. For example, CD recently donated £200 to Essex Liberal Democrats, which would meet the costs of holding and advertising a residents meeting: a real boost.
Even if this is a one-off donation, we accept donations by Direct Debit. Donating is a simple online process and there are no forms to sign. Fees are lower which means more of your money goes where it's needed. Your payment is protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee.
By making a donation you confirm that you are eligible to make political donations in the UK, and that this donation is not made for or on behalf of any other person.
Donations to political parties, including sponsorship, are regulated by the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
Anybody can donate up to £500 in any one calendar year. The Liberal Democrats only accept donations over £500 from permissible donors.
Permissible donors are: individuals on a UK electoral register (excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), UK Trade Unions, companies incorporated within the EU and registered and trading in the UK, Limited Liability Partnerships, UK unincorporated associations and UK building or friendly societies.
If you make donations to the Liberal Democrats totalling more than £1,500 in any calendar year, we are required to report them to the Electoral Commission, who, depending on the amount, may publish the fact that you have donated to us.
Donations of more than £7,500 from the same donor to the Federal Liberal Democrats in a calendar year are required to be reported to the Electoral Commission. This applies to single donations of more than £7,500 or cumulative smaller donations which exceed £7,500 in the calendar year. The threshold for public disclosure of donations to local parties (including English regions, Scotland & Wales) is £1,500.
The name and address of the donor and the amount of the donation will be published on the Electoral Commission website. Addresses of individuals are not published.
More information is available on the Electoral Commission's website.
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