The Electoral Commission has sought an advance on the resources requested in its main estimate 2016-17 from the Contingencies Fund to enable it to deliver the commission’s planned services. Details of these services are set out in the commission’s main estimate, which was laid before Parliament in April 2016. This is a temporary cash advance which is required as the Supply and Appropriation Bill 2016 will not receive Royal Assent until July 2016. The commission is not seeking any additional funding in this financial year.
Parliamentary approval for resources of £950,000 will be sought in a main estimate for the Electoral Commission. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £950,000 will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.
The advance will be repaid upon Royal Assent of the Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill.