People's Postcode Lottery manages lotteries promoted by different charities and good causes. Players have raised £474 Million for 6,500 charities and good causes since 2005. This funding is transforming lives and communities in Britain and beyond.
Fundraising by charity lotteries has been the only type to have limits placed on it by law. Since 2005 the maximum amount that charity lotteries can raise each year has stood at £10 million. Although the Government has recognised the importance of charity lotteries in the giving landscape.
A position which was further evidenced, with the Government publishing its decision on charity lottery reform and to increase the maximum amount that charity lotteries can raise each year for charities and good causes to £50 million.
It follows a long-running campaign by People's Postcode Lottery, which was supported by over 85 leading charities.
In the announcement, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Mims Davies, indicated that the limits could be raised to £100 million. This is subject to certain transparency conditions being met by the charity lottery sector.
Outdated limits mean charities and good causes, big and small, have missed out on funding. In the past two years, small and local charities have lost out on £45 million worth of funding due to current charity lottery laws. Source: Small Change: how charity lottery limits impact on small charities (PDF, 3MB)
It is right that the Government is highlighting the need for increased transparency and we will continue our work to ensure players are kept fully informed of the charities and good causes they support. They deserve nothing less.
The Minister's statement was detailed and comprehensive. We will now take the time needed to consider the Government's position carefully and provide a detailed response in due course.
From the beginning, our message has always been to raise the limits and let us do more for charities and good causes. This latest announcement from the Government will now make this possible.
We will engage fully and constructively with Government consultations and, of course, People’s Postcode Lottery stands ready to work with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Gambling Commission, to ensure a £100 million limit for society lotteries can be implemented as soon as possible.