Welsh bingo clubs down by a third

Welsh bingo clubs down by a third

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Almost a third of Welsh bingo clubs have closed in the last seven years according to figures released by the Bingo Association. Chief executive Miles Baron said In 2006 there were 34 halls operating in Wales, with 11 now closed because of the UK government's tax regime which doesn't support the country's smaller clubs.

“The dilemma that is facing the industry is that the tax regime for gambling is a bit of a muddle,” he said.

“Bingo taxation is capped at around 20pc of gross profits which is a lot higher than other forms of gambling, which have around 15pc.

“We are not critical of anyone else but asking for the same treatment,” Baron added. “Wales is an interesting case because it is predominantly provided for by a company called Castle Leisure.

“They are extremely well run, an extremely capable and competent organisation and dominant in South Wales.

“But outside of them a lot of smaller community bingo clubs are slipping away.”

“All we are asking for is for these community bingo clubs to be given the same tax treatment,” he concluded.

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