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Scottish Greens fined by Electoral Commission for breach of accounting rules

ByChad J. Johnson

Jun 21, 2022

The Scottish Greens have been fined by the Electoral Commission for failing to provide financial statements on time.

The party has been fined £2,300 for the late delivery of its annual statement of accounts for 2020.

The document was over a month late.

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The accounts were due on July 7, 2021, but the party delivered them on August 26, 2021.

The Scottish Greens have had an MSP in Glasgow, Patrick Harvie, since 2003 and have 10 councilors in the city after last month’s election.

He now has two ministers in the Scottish government after the 2021 election in Holyrood and an agreement with the SNP and has reached an agreement to support a minority administration of the SNP council in Glasgow.

The Electoral Commission said: “The party’s 2020 annual report was submitted late.

“A sanction was appropriate in this case, in accordance with our enforcement policy.”

The sanction is due on July 13.

The Electoral Commission said there had been recent instances of non-compliance that contributed to the decision to impose a sanction.

Previous examples include a £200 fine in 2021 for failing to deliver a full report of campaign spending for the 2019 general election, and a £5,349 fine in 2020 for breaching donation disclosure rules.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Greens said: “We regret that due to the late receipt of documents from a third party, our statement of accounts for 2020 was not submitted on time.

“Our accounts have been thoroughly audited and we are confident that the problem will not recur.”