Short money

21 Mar 2016

Short-changing voters

This week the government will formally announce final plans to slash public funding for opposition parties in Parliament. According to the Independent today, the formula for calculating how the money is given to parties with fewer than six MPs will be ‘reworked’ – in other words, their money will be disproportionately cut. We think it’s an incredibly backwards step. UKIP received nearly four […]
26 Nov 2015

The long and the Short of it

On Wednesday, the Chancellor announced his decision to cut public funding for opposition parties by a fifth. This ‘Short money’ - funding which goes to opposition parties in order to level the playing field and ensure democratic scrutiny – will be stripped back in an attempt to ‘cut the cost of politics’. The reason for Short money is simple. While the Government can rely on the vast resources of […]