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

Everyone involved in The Lotteries Council is extremely sad to hear that Lotteries Council Chairman, Clive Mollett, has passed away following a recent illness.

Clive was a much respected stalwart of the organisation and a champion of our members. As well as being a wealth of knowledge on lottery fundraising he brought years of fundraising experience to his role as Chairman and during his career raised millions of pounds for good causes. He will be fondly remembered. Our thoughts are with his wife Elizabeth, family and friends at this sad time.

The National Crime Agency has recently published guidance on submitting Suspicious Activity Reports and this information can be found here.

It has recently come to the attention of the Gambling Commission that the message regarding a specific email address for operators to use for queries has not been made clear on their website, with many licensees still using the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.  Enquiries through this address have a response target of ten working days.

Licensing colleagues have informed the council that the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has a much shorter response target of three working days.  Although operators may have the direct email address of their account manager, if that person is away from the office or sick then their query may not be picked up straight away.  It is therefore easier if the query is directed to the Licensing inbox as these are checked constantly by numerous Licensing Officers and directed to the most appropriate person.

The Gambling Commission’s response to the crime review consultation is now published and available here.

The legislative Reform Order (LRO) changing some of the requirements for exempt lotteries came into force on the 6th April 2016.

The Gambling Commission have issued a press release regarding the changes and have also published an e-bulletin article which is available here.

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