Public funding of political parties

Transitional, tapered funding to develop existing smaller parties.

In a proportional system, there needs to be a range of coalition building options, which requires more than our current three national parties. To support transition to a proportional system, we should have ten years of transitional funding to support the development of smaller parties. This would comprise:

  • Funding for infrastructures - contact databases, party governance, training in political organising, etc
  • Funding to support membership building
  • Funding and access to Civil Servants to support policy development 
  • Waived deposit requirements at national elections within the transitional period for funded parties
  • Access to additional freepost mailings in local and national elections (currently candidates in national elections get one free post delivery to each elector; funded parties could have this extended to two in national elections and one in local elections). 

The provisions would apply for ten years (two electoral cycles) and be replaced ultimately by a system of proportional representation with national funding of all political parties. Funding would be conditional upon the ability to demonstrate effective governance with the level determined by factors such as geographical reach, current and ongoing membership levels, votes in previous elections, and so on. 

This proposal would also support the creation of a vibrant and diverse political landscape in which participation in party politics is no longer the preserve of a small and decreasing minority.

edited on Feb 19, 2015 by Nicholas Charalambides

Nicholas Charalambides Apr 5, 2015

Now we are into phase two, and so we can consolidate discussion on this topic, could we keep all commentary on the related idea in Alastair Bruton's post on taxpayer funding of elections:

Many Thanks!