Consultation on society lotteries launched

Categories: Community Engagement.

The anticipated consultation – which was first announced in 2012 – was delayed because ministers decided to broaden its scope.

The consultation aims to explore the current balance across society lotteries, The National Lottery and competing gambling products in raising funds for good causes and maintaining player protection.

The consultation document includes a number of questions – including whether the current rule that a minimum of 20% of proceeds from a society lottery must go to good causes is still appropriate.

It also asks whether the regulations for dealing with umbrella society schemes are still fit for purpose and whether the growth in society lotteries threatens “the distinctive space that the National Lottery holds in the national consciousness,” and if so, how should this be countered.

In the foreword of the consultation, Helen Grant, Minister for Sport and Tourism, explains: “The government is committed to ensuring that all lotteries are able to maintain and grow their share of the market for good causes while upholding player protection. We are also committed to maintaining the health of the National Lottery.

“We are now calling on evidence to help us look for closely at the current position and consider if changes are required.”

The deadline for submissions is 4 March 2015. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

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