The cost of delivering the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, including details for each of the 382 counting areas across the UK and Gibraltar, has been published by the Electoral Commission.
The cost for delivering the 2016 referendum was £129.1 million. This figure includes:
- The cost of administering the poll – including the running of over 40,000 polling stations, issuing and opening postal votes, and the counting of votes – totalling £94.5 million.
- Statutory grants to the two designated lead campaigners totalling £1.2 million.
- The delivery costs for the two designated lead campaigners to send a mailing to each elector or household in each referendum area across the UK, as provided for in law. This totalled almost £25.4 million.
- The cost of a UK-wide public awareness campaign undertaken by the Electoral Commission to raise awareness of the poll and provide information on how to take part, totalling £6 million.
The final settlement of all cost claims from Counting Officers across the UK has enabled us to collate and confirm the costs of delivering the referendum.
The report, available on our website, contains a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with the delivery of the referendum. This includes data for the costs for each of the Regional Counting Officers and Counting Officers.