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Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties

Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties (Short Money and Representative Money) is made available to assist opposition parties to carry out their parliamentary business. Given the nature of opposition work, Short Money and Representative Money can be used for party political purposes. In this context, Parliamentary business may be defined as:

  • research associated with front bench duties,
  • developing and communicating alternative policies to those of the Government of the day, and
  • shadowing the Government's front bench.

It does not include political campaigning and similar partisan activities, political fundraising, membership campaigns or personal or private business of any kind. Further information can be found on the Members Estimate Committee publication page.

Under the resolution, each Opposition Party that receives ‘Short/Representative Money' is required to submit a report from an independent professional auditor and a transparency breakdown of expenditure for publication on the House's website.

Short Money / Representative Money 2023-24 Allocation (xlsx, 20KB)

Publication of financial assistance to opposition parties in 2022-23

Short Money / Representative Money 2022-23 Allocation (xlsx, 21KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2022-23 Breakdown (pdf, 2MB)

Publication of financial assistance to opposition parties in 2021-22

Short Money / Representative Money 2021-22 Allocation (xlsx, 26KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2021-22 Breakdown (pdf, 688KB)

Publication of financial assistance to opposition parties in 2020-21

Short Money / Representative Money 2020-21 Allocation (pdf, 97KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2020-21 Breakdown (pdf, 858KB)

Publication of financial assistance to opposition parties in 2019-20

Short Money / Representative Money 2019-20 Allocation (1 April to 11 December 2019) (pdf, 75KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2019-20 Breakdown (1 April to 11 December 2019) (pdf, 419KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2019-20 Allocation (12 December 2019 to 31 March 2020) (pdf, 99KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2019-20 Breakdown (12 December 2019 to 31 March 2020) (pdf, 667KB)

Publication of financial assistance to opposition parties in 2018-19

Short Money / Representative Money 2018-19 Allocation (pdf, 122KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2018-19 Breakdown* (pdf, 415KB)

*The DUP breakdown has been revised to reflect an amendment to their travel costs. No money was claimed for Travel.

Publication of financial assistance to opposition parties in 2017-18

Short Money / Representative Money 2017-18 Allocation (pdf, 183KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2017-18 (Q1 April-June 17) Breakdown (pdf, 463KB)

Short Money / Representative Money 2017-18 (Q2-Q4 July 17- (pdf, 552KB)
March 18) Breakdown (pdf, 552KB)

Publication of financial assistance to opposition parties in 2016-17

Short Money / Representative Money 2016-17 Breakdown (pdf, 451KB)