Society lottery reform “excellent opportunity” for voices to be heard

Society lottery reform “excellent opportunity” for voices to be heard

Monday, July 2, 2018 Posted by Craig Davies
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DCMS announced reform following UKGC advice

Potential changes to society lotteries have been praised by the UK Gambling Commission, after the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced a consultation period regarding possible reform.

In excess of £255m was raised by society lotteries, such as The Health Lottery and People’s Postcode Lottery which are run by charities, in 2016/17, with this government decision following sector calls for certain limits to be increased.

Paul Hope, Gambling Commission executive director, said: “We’re pleased that DCMS has announced this consultation – it offers an excellent opportunity for all those with an interest in lotteries to ensure their voices are heard. We would encourage any interested parties to respond.”

The consultation period is to run for ten weeks, and is also open to members of the public, and aims to increase large society lottery sales limits for the first time in nine years.

Praising the “vital part of the giving landscape” played by such lotteries in enabling charities and other societies, such as sports clubs, to run them for good causes, a number of recommendations have been put forward.

Amongst them is a ten fold increase in the amount that a large society lottery can raise per year, which would see the current £10m limit rise to £100m per annum.

Furthermore the amount raised per draw would also be the subject of a significant rise, to £5m from £4m, whilst the maximum prize on offer could see a £100,000 jump to half a million pounds.

Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, concluded: “Society lotteries make a vital difference to communities up and down the country. They raise hundreds of millions of pounds every year, supporting our veterans, lifeboats, hospices, air ambulances and many other great causes.

“They are an important fundraising tool for charities and we want to ensure that both society lotteries and the National Lottery are able to thrive now and in the future.”

Totally Gaming says: Calls for raises such as these detailed have been long mooted, particularly by the UKGC who also submitted a near 100 page document to the DCMS regarding its advice on society lotteries. WIth so many stakeholders seeming to back these proposals, it is surely a case of when, not if, they are rubber stamped.

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