GambleAware takes aim at Lotteries Council for donation disparity

GambleAware takes aim at Lotteries Council for donation disparity

Monday, April 23, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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The charity’s leader was critical of the lottery sector’s level of donation

GambleAware CEO Marc Etches has asked the Lotteries Council for a contribution that reflects the nature of its membership, after noting that some of its 375 members make a “disproportionately low contribution” to an annual donation of just £1,800.

Speaking at the organisation’s annual conference, Etches called for the lotteries sector to increase its contribution to £185,000, the equivalent to 0.1% of lottery sector expenses (excluding the National Lottery) for the year ending March 2017, and a fairer amount for a sector that sold tickets to the value of almost £587 million across the same 12-month period.

His comments came just a few weeks after the Public Accounts Committee published its report into the ‘Future of the Lottery’, which included a call for Camelot to increase both its donations and the level of safer gambling messages at the point of sale across its 40,000 ticket outlets.

Lottery Council membership includes the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) and the Health Lottery (HL), numerous ‘for profit’ External Lottery Managers (ELMs), as well as some betting and remote gambling operators who do not hold a lottery licence.

Etches said: “Our estimate is that the PPL and HL may account for as much as 45% of the lotteries market (excluding the National Lottery). It cannot be fair that these organisations and ‘for profit’ ELMs are counted as ‘equal’ to the majority of your membership, and ‘get away’ with a donation that is effectively no more than a fiver. This is a disparity that needs to be addressed.”

Totally Gaming says: GambleAware has recognised that lotteries operate with different objectives to other gambling sectors, but retain a responsibility set by the Gambling Commission to “play fair and safe”. For this reason, the independent charity believes that the current level of donation, which has been the same since 2013/14, should be increased by more than a hundred times.

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