Lotteries: Charities

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd December 2018.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of charities that have more than one society lottery licence.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Licensing of society lotteries is the responsibility of the Gambling Commission. Their most recent figures from March 2017 show there are 319 lotteries that hold two licences. One licence is required to sell by remote channels (such as online or over the telephone) and a separate licence is required to sell by non-remote channels (in person).

There are three charities that hold multiple licences. These are Macmillan, Royal British Legion and Age UK.

Some societies also come together under a common umbrella brand, managed by licensed External Lottery Managers. The societies that make up an umbrella brand are legally separate to each other and will each hold the relevant licence.

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