Lotteries Council renews calls for the cap on society lotteries to be increased

The membership body wants the income cap on any society lottery to rise from £10m to £100m a year

The Health Lottery, which consists of 51 society lotteries operating under one brand
The Health Lottery, which consists of 51 society lotteries operating under one brand

The Lotteries Council has renewed its calls for restrictions on charity lotteries to be relaxed, saying it could boost the amount of money raised for good causes.

In a statement released before its annual conference in Leicestershire today, the membership body for charity lotteries said that, although figures released last year showed such schemes raised a record £208m for good causes in the year to 31 March 2016, they could contribute even more if the rules were changed.

The changes the Lotteries Council called for included an increase in the permissible amount of ticket sales for a single draw from £4m to £10m, and an increase in the annual income cap on any society lottery from £10m to £100m.

Charity lotteries are required to give a minimum of 20 per cent of their income to good causes each year, but the Lotteries Council called for new charities to be able to combine their contributions over three years, rather than having to hit the 20 per cent target annually.

The council also called for a review of the charity lotteries sector to be carried out every three years.

In a statement, it said these changes would cut administration costs and simplify the fundraising model, resulting in millions more for good causes at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

Jo Bucci, chair of the Lotteries Council, said: "We are extremely lucky to live in a country that embraces the charity sector and the charity lotteries that support so many good causes. Charity lotteries exist to help people and to improve lives.

"We know that charity lotteries could be enhancing even more lives – and, with only minor changes to regulations, further millions can be raised for good causes."

The Lotteries Council also pointed to figures from the Charities Aid Foundation, published in April, which showed that 40 per cent of people surveyed said they had given money to charity through a raffle or lottery in the past year.

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