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Together: We are one voice for everyone operating and supporting prize-led fundraising through lotteries.

It is with the most profound regret that we report the death of one of our founder members, Vice President and former Chairman, Tony Shaw.


A serious athlete and long-distance runner in the 1960s, he worked as an area manager for the Cancer and Polio Research Fund football pools. Understanding well the power of prize-led fundraising to benefit a wider section of society, he was among the first to see the potential of the new freedoms of the 1976 Lotteries and Amusements Act to achieve this.

Whilst later working as Chief Executive and other senior levels at Crystal Palace, Millwall and Charlton Athletic Football Clubs he was consulted at Government level for his knowledge of lottery matters, being instrumental in moves to create a body representing lottery operators, in order not only to represent them, but also to educate them into the intricacies of lotteries legislation.

A founder member of the Executive Committee of the new Lotteries Council, he became Vice Chairman in 1979 and soon helped create a Code of Conduct Committee, annual conferences, and a bi-monthly magazine. He also introduced very popular regional meetings, always welcoming members with words such as “This is your meeting. The agenda is just to update you on recent developments. Please don't hesitate to raise any matter of concern that you may have.”

Serving as Chairman from 1985 to 1997, the longest tenure of any chairman to date, it was a very active time for the Council, but he also managed to combine that with periods as Executive Officer and Magazine Editor.

Tony’s experience made him a valuable resource of information, taking his role as Vice-President seriously and eager to help where he could. Until recent years he and his wife Pauline were constant attendees at the Council’s Annual Conferences.

He has been one of the most influential people to work within Society Lotteries and has helped achieve and establish the Lotteries Council as the voice of the sector.

Tony will be sadly missed by those of us who knew and worked with him.

The contribution of Tony Shaw to lottery fundraising nationwide is immeasurable.

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Created: 19 March 2020

From Neil McArthur – Chief Exec, Gambling Commission

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to impact daily life in Great Britain, like many of you, the Commission is following Public Health England guidance and we have told all staff to work from home until further notice.

We recognise these unprecedented circumstances will be having a significant impact on your business and many will be facing uncertain and unsettling times. The Commission has a well-practised and comprehensive Business Continuity Plan, which we have invoked with the intention of minimising the impact on our regulatory work and the advice and services we provide.

A number of operators have already contacted us to alert us to the challenges they face and seek our advice about how to respond. We realise that the unprecedented changes to daily life, and in some cases, financial uncertainty, will create challenges for your business. The changes will also increase the risks to some individuals, which means that despite the fact that these are challenging times we must all continue to protect consumers.

First and foremost, we expect all our licensees to follow the applicable Public Health guidance, which I am confident you will already be doing. Where facilities for gambling are being offered, we expect all our licensees to ensure that they have sufficient management, staffing and oversight in place to maintain compliance with the LCCP that apply to their licences. The social distancing measures that are being put in place will mean that more people will be at home and we would like to remind online operators that they must continue to act responsibly, especially in regards to individual customer affordability and increased social responsibility interactions.

Please get in touch with your Account Manager in the normal way to notify of any key events or questions you have during this time. If you have other questions or queries, please let me know and I will do my best to get you an answer.



The Lotteries Council has also prepared an article which intends to provide businesses with some current guidance in the ever-changing climate following the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak and Government restrictions in place please click here for more information.

Since we reviewed the conference at the beginning of the week, matters have moved on. Indeed, in the last 24 hours or so in Europe:

  • Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark have all announced bans on gatherings of over 100 people
  • the Czech Republic has announced a ban on gatherings of over 30 people
  • Scotland is going to ban gatherings of over 500
  • Denmark, Ireland, France, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Slovakia and parts of Germany have announced school closures
  • the Electoral Commission is calling for the local elections in May to be postponed
  • the number of sports events being cancelled is growing by the hour (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/51605235)

The outcome of the COBRA meeting yesterday afternoon decided:

  • The UK will move from the containment to the delay stage with immediate effect
  • Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as a high temperature or continuous cough should self-isolate for seven days
  • There should be no international school trips
  • Older and vulnerable people should avoid cruises.

They are not, for the time being, announcing any school closures or bans on public gatherings as they want these measures to have the maximum effect at the right time.

However, pressure appears to be growing to do more, and more organisations are advising their staff not to attend conferences.

In the light of all this, the Board has come to the view that there remains no alternative other than to postpone the conference scheduled for next week.

We will be in touch again once we have had an opportunity to explore options.

2020 Annual Conference & AGM

On the

18th and 19th March 2020

The Hilton Warwick Hotel, Warwickshire


Dear Member,

The 2020 CONFERENCE has now completely sold out.

This year’s event is set to be our biggest and best yet. We have an Amazing and Very Exciting Programme Planned that is Very Relevant to YOU and your Organisation, spearheaded by the dynamic Joe Saxton (nfpSynergy), together with the Internationally acclaimed Award -Winning Author and Professional Speaker David Hyner plus much, much more – but places are limited..........

Interactive workshops that will benefit those working for charities, hospices, sporting bodies, air ambulance services and Local Authorities alike. The aim of the conference is not only to bring you up to date with Lottery legislation and regulations, but also to share with you ideas for the growth and development of your lottery. Additionally, it is a fantastic opportunity to network with other organisations within the sector. We understand that times are difficult and often frustrating and that it is why it is important that the time spent away from the office is filled with information, ideas and strategies that will help to motivate for the coming year. We have listened to you the members at the Regional Forums and the conference has been tailored to the needs and requests of our membership.

So please participate fully and help to make this a valuable experience for everyone.

Thank you,


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