Sir David Amess MP has called on the Government to speed up charity law reforms that will deliver millions of pounds in extra funding for local good causes.
The Southend West MP led a cross-party motion in support of introducing a £100 million annual sales limit for charity lotteries. This option was proposed by the official regulator the Gambling Commission. The rise in the sales limit would allow charity lotteries to reduce bureaucracy and administration costs in order to provide more funding to charities and good causes.
The move follows the launch of a new report which examines the impact that current charity lottery sales limits are having on funding for small local charities. The report found that the People's Postcode Lottery trusts have had to turn down £45 million worth of applications for funding from small charities due to current lottery limits.
Speaking after the report's Parliamentary launch, Sir David said 'Charity lotteries, such as those managed by People’s Postcode Lottery, do great work in raising money for good causes and charities across the country. With the stroke of a pen, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright and Charity Minister Mims Davies have an opportunity to dramatically increase the amount of funding available to the charity sector – I and my colleagues urge them to take it.”
Commenting, Malcolm Fleming, Head of Public Affairs at People’s Postcode Lottery, said 'It is great to see such a cross-party show of strength from right across the UK in support of raising the current caps on charity lottery fundraising.It is a recognition that these changes will help charity lotteries cut bureaucracy and administration at no cost to the taxpayer.The new limits are backed by charities, the Gambling Commission, MPs and the public – we hope they will be implemented as soon as possible.”