Report backs up view that Society Lotteries complement the National Lottery
The Lotteries Council has welcomed today’s report by the National Audit Office on funding for good causes – in particular its positive comments on the relationship between Society Lotteries and the National Lottery.
Today’s report states that “The Department is not aware of any evidence of significant substitution of sales between the Lottery and society lotteries to date.”
This statement backs up the findings of numerous other reports in recent years, including those by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, NERA Economic Consulting, nfp Synergy and the 2015 report into Society Lotteries by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
It follows on from a Westminster Hall debate on Society Lotteries yesterday [Tuesday], which showed growing cross-party support for the Lotteries Council proposals to update the law on Society Lotteries and raise the current limits on fundraising.
Speaking from today’s Lotteries Council Board meeting in Birmingham, Lotteries Council Chair, Jo Bucci, said:
“Today’s National Audit Office report includes a welcome statement on Society Lotteries and adds to the growing body of evidence showing that charity fundraising by Society Lotteries complements the fundraising by the National Lottery.
“It also comes on the back of yesterday’s Parliamentary debate on Society Lotteries which showed growing cross-party support for the Lotteries Council’s proposals to update the law on Society Lotteries.
“The Lotteries Council has over 400 member organisations representing a healthy and vibrant sector which puts in a huge amount of work every year to raise funds for charities – raising a record £255 million in the last year. Simple changes to the law on Society Lotteries will help raise even more for good causes, and we look forward to Ministers bringing forward proposals in the New Year.”
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