GM Mayor Spending

Kasey Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Electoral Commission

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Dear Electoral Commission,

I am writing this to find out the direct cost of Andy Burnham's campaign to become the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

I would like to know the cost of staff, hire of buildings, newspaper adverts and the cost of the production of 'Our Manifesto'.

Further to this I would also like to know the spending limit for the Greater Manchester mayoral candidates.

Yours faithfully,

Kasey Smith

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Kasey Smith
 
Our Ref: FOI 35/15
 
Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act dated
Sunday 9 April 2017 (received by the Commission on Monday 10 April 2017),
concerning:
 
 
To find out the direct cost of Andy Burnham's campaign to become the Mayor
of Greater Manchester.
 
I would like to know the cost of staff, hire of buildings, newspaper
adverts and the cost of the production of 'Our Manifesto'.
 
Further to this I would also like to know the spending limit for the
Greater Manchester mayoral candidates.
 
 
The Commission aims to respond to requests for information promptly and
within the statutory timeframe of twenty working days.
 
You may expect to receive a reply sent from the Commission by Thursday 11
May 2017.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Ashley
 
Ashley Lardner
Senior Information and Knowledge Adviser
The Electoral Commission
3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ
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Ashley Lardner, Electoral Commission

Dear Kasey Smith,

Our Ref: FOI 35/17

 

Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission dated 9 April 2017.

 

The Commission aims to respond to requests for information promptly and
has done so within the statutory timeframe of twenty working days.

 

Your request is in bold below followed by our response.

 

You have requested:

 

To find out the direct cost of Andy Burnham's campaign to become the Mayor
of Greater Manchester.

I would like to know the cost of staff, hire of buildings, newspaper
adverts and the cost of the production of 'Our Manifesto'.

Further to this I would also like to know the spending limit for the
Greater Manchester mayoral candidates.

 

Our response is as follows:

 

We hold some of the information you have requested.

 

There is no requirement for candidates in Combined Authority Mayoral
elections or any other elections to provide information about their
spending prior to the election taking place. Candidates are however
required to provide a ‘return of election expenses’ to the Returning
Officer no more than 35 days after the election. The information you have
requested (other than the final question) should be included within that
return, which you can view once the Returning Officer makes it available.

 

The Commission has produced a guidance document for candidates and agents
in Combined Authority Mayoral Elections, which you may find helpful, and
which you can view here:

 

[1]http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__...

 

Your final question relates to the spending limit in place. Pages 7 and 8
of the guidance explain how the spending limit is calculated, and I have
summarised this below.

 

The spending limit for the regulated period is calculated using a fixed
amount of £2,362 multiplied by the total number of constituent councils,
plus 5.9p for every entry in the register of electors to be used at the
election.

 

So, for example, a candidate standing in an electorate area that has 10
constituent councils and 800,000 electors would take the figure of £2,362,
then multiply that by 10 (the number of constituent councils) to get
£23,620. The candidate would then multiply 5.9p by 800,000 (the number of
electors) to get £47,200. Finally, the candidate adds the figures together
to get £70,820.

 

There are ten authorities in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority,
but the Commission does not hold the figure for the number of electors in
any combined authority area, and cannot therefore provide you with the
spending limit. You would need to contact the appropriate Combined
Authority Returning Officer for this information.

 

You can find contact details on the Greater Manchester Elects website:

 

[2]https://www.gmelects.org.uk/contact

 

I trust that this information satisfies your request.

If you are not satisfied with this response, please note that the
Commission operates a review procedure, details of which can be found on
the Commission website at:
[3]http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/ab...

 

Please also note that if you have exhausted all internal Commission review
procedures and you are still not satisfied you have the right to appeal to
the Information Commissioner. Details of this procedure can be found on
the ICO website: [4]http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Ashley

 

Ashley Lardner

Senior Information and Knowledge Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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