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.