MA calls for society lotteries to give more to good causes
Patrick Steel, 20.03.2015
Response to DCMS call for evidence on lotteries reform
The Museums Association (MA) has called for changes to lottery funding to require society lotteries, such as the Health Lottery and the People’s Postcode Lottery, to increase the amount of revenue they return to good causes.
In a response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) call for evidence on lotteries reform, the MA notes that the National Lottery returns at least 28% of income to good causes and spends 4.5% on administration, compared with 18% of income returned by the People’s Postcode Lottery and 35% spent on administration.
The MA states: “We believe that the amounts that [society lottery managers] should be required to spend on good causes should be increased to at least match the amount raised by the National Lottery in order for them to fulfil their duty to the public and to lottery players.
“Consideration should also be given to how National Lottery funds can be shared more equitably across the country and deliver benefits to all sectors of society – particularly those who play the National Lottery. However, this should take place within the confines of the existing National Lottery funding infrastructure – not by introducing further competition into the lotteries landscape.”
Museums in the UK currently receive funding from two of the national lottery funding organisations: the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council or equivalent body in each devolved nation.