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Government launches call for evidence into society lotteries

The government yesterday formally launched a call for evidence into better regulation of society lotteries.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is calling for evidence to explore the “current balance across society lotteries, the National Lottery and competing gambling products in raising funds for good causes and maintaining player protection”.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee launched its inquiry in July to look at the case for relaxing the regulatory requirements faced by society lotteries, such as the ’80:20′ rule, which states a minimum of 20 per cent of proceeds must be returned to good causes.

The call for evidence includes questions asking whether the current regulations governing society lotteries are appropriate and whether the regulations from the 2005 Gambling Act are still fit for purpose in dealing with umbrella society schemes.

Helen Grant MP, the minister for sport and tourism, said in the foreword for the call for evidence: “The government is committed to ensuring that all lotteries are able to maintain and grow their share of the market for good causes while upholding player protection.

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