Liberal Democrats

How to be a...

Local Party Treasurer.

What's the role?


The Treasurer is one of the key roles of any local party. Along with the Chair, you are one of two signatories on the local party, and have direct responsibility and accountability for its activities. 

The Treasurer's role is to have strategic ownership of expenditure and income, such as preparing budgets and financial targets for discussion by others and advising on the implications of spending decisions. The treasurer is also responsible for the practical side of managing the local party's finances, such as paying in bills, managing the payroll (if your local party has staff), and producing financial reports. 

This page contains practical guidance on the standard tasks that each treasurer should be doing, along with resources and instructional videos to help you in your role.


What's it about?

Dave Raval is the treasurer of Hackney Borough Liberal Democrats

Key tasks


Help & Support

Skills & Attributes

  • Capable of handling figures.
  • Have experience of handling budgets and controlling finances.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Able to understand regulations.


How to Apply

It is a constitutional requirement for each local party to have a Treasurer. Treasurers are elected each year at your local party's AGM. Any member of your local party can stand to be the Treasurer. 


This varies depending on the local party. It also changes depending on where things are in the electoral cycle. However, treasurers should expect to spend around 2 hours per week under normal circumstances.

Page Contributors

Dave Raval, Hackney 

Jane Scotland, Chichester

Ian Gibbons, Ludlow

Catherine Marr, Ettrick Roxburgh and Berwickshire

John Phillips, Crewe and Nantwich

Nigel McBride, Stafford and Stone

John Lovell, Adur and Worthing

David Cordingley, Weston-Super-Mare

Chris Tomlinson, North Dorset

Chris Stanbra, Corby

John Fletcher, Stockton North and South

Ian Hopkinson, City of Chester

Ray Hancock, Cambourne, Redruth and Hayle

Frank Doyle, Wirral

David Taylor, South Staffordshire