Political funds: a guide to review ballots

How to run a 10-year review ballot for unions or employers' associations wishing to continue spending money for political purposes.



This guide deals with the procedure a trade union or employers’ association has to follow if it is to continue to maintain a political fund for more than 10 years.

The specific areas that are covered in the guidance are:

  • when a review ballot must be held
  • the review ballot procedure
  • preparation by the trade union of draft ballot rules
  • submission of draft ballot rules for preliminary approval by Certification Officer
  • adoption of ballot rules by the union
  • submission of ballot rules for formal approval by Certification Officer
  • holding the ballot
  • complaints about ballots
  • sending of notice to members about exemption from contributing to the political fund
  • procedures for organisations in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • the political objects

The guidance also contains:

Appendix 1: Application for approval of rules for ballot or political fund. Appendix 2: Model resolution.

Annexes: Model rules

Annex A: Applicable where the scrutineer also acts as the independent person.

Annex B: Applicable where the roles of independent person and scrutineer are carried out separately.

Published 1 June 2012
Last updated 7 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. The Certification Officer has moved, please note we have now a new address.
  2. First published.