Party funding: talking transparency. EPOP conference (September 2013) Steve Goodrich . Talking transparency . Background Defining transparency Securing transparency Challenges. Background – why we have transparency . Political parties, third parties and referendum campaigns .
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EPOP conference (September 2013)
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) based on Neill Committee recommendations:
Origins in 19th century and now in RPA 1983 / relevant election Orders
“ Easy to see through, understand or recognize; obvious” Collins Dictionary
Defining transparency in the world of party funding
Ensuring the finances of political actors are open to public scrutiny
We provide this transparency through data
PEF Online has data on:
Includes: donations, loans, campaign spending and statement of accounts
Soon to be published via www.data.gov.uk ?
Three main challenges:
Poses challenges for accuracy of data
1. Helping people to understand the rules
2. Meeting expectations and ensuring trust
3. Making our data intelligible for users
Steve Goodrich (Senior Policy Adviser)