The public have been urged to express their views on how political parties in the UK should be funded in the wake of concerns over the apparent reliance on donations from a few wealthy individuals.
The review of party funding started yesterday with the launch of a website asking the public for their views on how political parties should be funded.
The enquiry is being lead by Sir Hayden Phillips who said the “point of having a website is to hear the public’s views” stressing that “it would be extremely useful for me to hear from as many people as possible. I need the public’s input into this review.”
Sir Hayden explained that he is starting the review “from three basic assumptions:
- The financial health of political parties is fundamental to our parliamentary democracy
- How parties are funded should be fully transparent
- A future system should encourage democratic engagement and be as fair as is possible between parties.?”
You do not need to be a member of a political party or active voter to participate.
More information about the review is located at www.partyfundingreview.gov.uk