Charities urge government not to raid Lottery funds for Olympics

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. NCVO, together with its sister councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, has proposed a solution to the current funding concerns, namely a reform of the 12% tax on National Lottery tickets.By abolishing or reducing the tax on lottery tickets, funding could be returned to good causes and ensure that charities are not unduly affected over the Olympic period. The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has reportedly backed this approach, saying that he believed that the “first port of call” to tackle overruns should be pressure on the Treasury to forgo its 12p tax on the lottery.Stuart Etherington said: A review of this tax is overdue – no formal review of lottery taxation has been carried out in the eleven years of the Lottery. The original rationale for the tax was to compensate the Treasury for duty lost from other forms of gambling as people switched to playing the Lottery. This no longer stands.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has expressed its concern that government Ministers are considering a further raid on the National Lottery to pay for the increased costs of staging the 2012 Olympics.Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive at NCVO said: “The 2012 Olympics are an exciting opportunity for the UK and present a huge range of volunteering opportunities. But the news that further lottery funding for good causes could be diverted to the Olympics will worry voluntary and community organisations across the country.“£1.5 billion of Lottery funding is already being diverted to the Olympics. A further raid will therefore leave a significant shortfall in funding to good causes. Charities want the Olympics to be a success, but it is vital that good causes do not bear the burden of Olympic funding. Advertisement  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities urge government not to raid Lottery funds for Olympics Howard Lake | 20 November 2006 | Newslast_img read more