IoF comments on changes to society lottery limits
17 July 2019
On Tuesday 16 July 2019, the government announced the annual sales limit for society lotteries will be raised from £10m to £50m. Commenting on the changes, Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs, said:
We are glad to see that the long-awaited change to society lottery limits will finally be brought in, and the rise in limits will enable charities to raise more money through their lottery programmes.
However, the incremental increase could have gone further and it is disappointing that the opportunity to enable society lotteries to do even more for good causes hasn’t been taken up. It is likely that society programmes will reach the increased limits soon and therefore experience the same problems that they are now.
We hope that these new limits will be reviewed more regularly than has previously been the case so that they can respond to the changing needs of charities and make sure that vital income for the sector isn’t unnecessarily lost.
Fundraising by charity lotteries is the only type of charity fundraising which has limits imposed on it by law. Currently each charity lottery can only sell £10m of tickets every year.
The Institute of Fundraising, together with the People's Postcode Lottery and over 70 major charities, have been calling on the UK Government to raise the annual turnover limit to £100m per year.