Football Pools: Excise Duties

Treasury written question – answered on 5th September 2019.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to football pools of reducing betting duty to 10 per cent.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Exchequer Secretary

No assessment of the impact of reducing the rate of Pool Betting Duty to 10% has been made. Pool Betting Duty covers a range of gambling activity that goes wider than the football pools.

Due to the ease of changing between pools betting and regular betting the Government considers it would put a significant portion of the General Betting Duty receipts at risk – which totalled £619m in 2018-19.

However, all taxes are kept under review.

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