FUNDRAISING NEWS: Charity bodies call for steps to protect lotteries proceeds

The Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Law Association are calling on the Government to take extra steps to ensure that the voluntary sector continues to benefit from the proceeds of lottery promotions.

The two organisations believe that the existing public policy, which states that games in which prizes are distributed by chance are illegal unless they benefit a good cause, is at risk through proposed changes to prize laws.

They are calling for a clearer definition between lotteries, which rely solely on chance, and prize competitions that take into account recent technological developments such as premium-rate phone lines, text messages and the internet which are increasingly used by lottery operators.

Rosamund Smith, co-ordinator of the Charity Law Association, said: "If the regulatory burden is not lessened, this could lead to the wholesale abandonment of charity lotteries in favour of prize competitions.

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