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Tuesday 18th December 2012 | 14:35
Culture, Media and Sport press release
A consultation on whether to change the minimum amount of proceeds that a Society Lottery has to return to good causes will be launched in the New Year the Culture Secretary Maria Miller has announced today.
The consultation is a response to the changing lottery market, including the increasing use of professional lottery managers' and umbrella schemes, such as the Health Lottery, which promote several lotteries under one banner. The consultation will explore ways of ensuring that the market delivers the maximum benefit to good causes, including those supported by the National Lottery and will look at whether there is a case for changing the minimum percentage of proceeds that society lotteries are required to apply to their good causes, which is currently set at 20%.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, said:
"Lotteries are hugely important in raising very large amounts money for charities and community groups up and down the country. But with a changing market it is right that we make sure that the main priority for each and every lottery is to raise money for good causes."
Independent research on the Health Lottery, that was launched in October 2011 and its impact on National Lottery Good Causes has also been published today. The research, by NERA Economic Consulting for the Government entitled 'Assessment of Lottery Market Issues' considers the impact of the Health Lottery and similar multiple society lotteries in the wider lottery market and the distribution of money going to good causes. The initial findings of the research indicate "to date there is no clear evidence that the Health Lottery has taken very significant revenues from the National Lottery or that it poses a threat to existing society lotteries. It is likely, therefore, to have increased the total amount of money raised by lotteries for good causes."
This report, along with next year's consultation, will help inform DCMS on further work on the impact of the Health Lottery on the National Lottery and the rest of the lottery market.