Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Memoranda


Letter to Derek Wyatt MP from Andrew Smith MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

  Thank you for your letter of 27 March to Gordon Brown about the Government's response to the Budd Review on Gambling. I have been asked to reply.

  I do not accept that the implications of the Review will impact on Camelot's ability to hit its targets. The Government applauds the achievement of the Lottery in raising £11 billion for a wide variety of good causes, and is committed to ensuring this success continues. We recognise that the support it provides for good causes means it should not operate on the same playing field as other kinds of gambling. It was therefore decided to reject recommendations to permit side-bets on the lottery by bookmakers, as well as the removal of current limits on the size of charity and other lotteries in order to avoid the risk of them competing head to head. However, we have recognised the work for good causes done by these lotteries in allowing the doubling of limit on ticket sales and prizes.

  The Government is also committed to empowering communities and involving local people in the delivery of policy goals, as part of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal and local government reform. Neighbourhood Renewal Community Chests have already been set up to provide small grants to community groups to spend on projects which stimulate and support community activity. Examples of what Community Chests can be used for range from buying toys for a local play-group, funding a community outing to meeting the costs of enabling a community group to be set up. £50 million is available over 3 years for the 88 most deprived local authority areas.

26 April 2002

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