Prospect's political fund
Prospect is politically independent – we are not affiliated to any political party: our rules expressly forbid this.
We do, however, have a political fund.
As a campaigning organisation, we often carry out activities that are defined as 'political'. This ranges from writing letters to MPs to lobbying party conferences. Since 1992 the law has defined such activity as 'political', and without a political fund this activity would be unlawful. A political fund is therefore an insurance policy to protect Prospect from a legal challenge that it is engaging in unlawful 'political activity.'
Our political fund is financed by a small levy from each member's subscriptions - currently 60p per year.
Any member can opt out of paying the levy. On first joining Prospect, new members receive a leaflet about the political fund plus an opt-out form.