People's Postcode Lottery manages lotteries promoted by different charities and good causes. Players have raised more than £500 Million for 7,500 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 can be raised each year has stood at £10 million.
In July 2019 the Government announced its decision on charity lottery reform – to increase the maximum amount charity lotteries can raise each year to £50 million.
The announcement by the then Civil Society Minister, Mims Davies MP, included a commitment to raise the charity lottery annual sales limit to £50 million with an aspiration to then move to a £100 million annual sales limit, subject to certain transparency conditions being met by the sector.
Since then, the Government is understood to want to undertake further consultation before implementing the changes. In a move to avoid further delays on the issue, People's Postcode Lottery is calling for the changes to be implemented sooner rather than later.
Outdated limits mean charities and good causes, big and small, have missed out on funding.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)
From the beginning, our message has always been to raise the limits and let us do more for charities and good causes. The July announcement from the Government made this possible.
But unless the changes are implemented, it is estimated the cost to local charities across Britain will be about £13 million next year. That is why we are urging the Government to bring the new limit in place by the end of quarter one 2020, avoiding any further negative impact on charities and good causes.