Charities: Fund Raising

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on funding for local charities of fundraising limits on society lotteries set out in the Gambling Act 2015.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department does not hold data on funding for individual charities from society lotteries, however since the Gambling Act 2005 came into effect, the society lottery sector has seen year on year growth in proceeds, with a record £256 million raised for good causes in 2016-17 (figures for 2017-18 will be available later this year).

As the minister responsible for civil society, I greatly appreciate the impact society lotteries have as a fundraising tool for charities, and have discussed the impact of the current limits with the Lotteries Council and some individual lotteries.

We will continue to take advice from the Gambling Commission as we consider policy options. We hope to conclude considerations and provide an update in due course.

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