Exchequer Expenditure Statements
In order to qualify for funding under the Electoral Acts, a political party must be included in the Register of Political Parties and must have obtained at least 2% of the first preference votes at the last Dáil general election. Funding is paid on the basis of the results of the previous general election.
Each qualified political party is paid a basic amount of €126,973.81 annually. In addition, each qualified political party is also entitled to a share of an annual sum which was originally set at €3m and which increases in line with general pay increases in the civil service. The Electoral (Amendment)(Political Funding) Act 2012 introduced a new requirement that the annual sum will decrease in line with general pay reductions in the civil service. The share of the fund payable to a qualified political party is determined by expressing the first preference votes of the qualified party as a percentage of the total first preference votes received by all qualified political parties.
Under the Electoral Acts the Standards Commission is required each year to produce a form for the disclosure by qualified political parties of their expenditure of state funding received by them under the Electoral Acts. The form must be audited by a public auditor. The auditor's report must be submitted with the form. The Standards Commission has produced a pro-forma auditor's report for this purpose which is included as part of the form. The forms must be returned to the Standards Commission by 31 March each year.
Exchequer Expenditure Statement Form 2016.docx (size 32.5 KB)
Exchequer Expenditure Statement Form 2016 .pdf (size 401.6 KB)