Friday 11 October 2019 / 9:55 AM Culture / Tom Watson

Labour to introduce ticket-sale transparency for the National Lottery

Labour will democratise the National Lottery with new transparency measures for ticket sales and give communities a greater say in how lottery money is spent locally.

Currently, there is no official data available on the amount of money generated by lottery ticket sales in areas throughout the country. But there is widespread concern that lottery funding distribution is unfair. Areas where a bulk of lottery tickets are bought – in particular industrial towns and coalfield communities – feel they do not get their fair share of lottery funding in return.

Recent research found that the whole West Midlands Combined Authority received £360m less than the area contributed to funds for good causes between 2010 and 2017.

Labour will make greater transparency assurances a condition of the next lottery licence, in particular to release data on ticket sales. This would mean the public can clearly see where money for good causes is generated, encouraging fairer distribution.

The lottery licence is due for renewal in 2023, with the process beginning next year.

Labour will also consult on introducing new mechanisms to better ensure that communities can contribute to how lottery proceeds are spent in their area.

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary, says:

“The National Lottery funds brilliant causes right across the country, from arts organisations to local sports clubs. But for far too long there has been widespread concern that funding distribution is unfair.

“Areas that buy a bulk of national lottery tickets, like our industrial towns and coalfield communities, feel that they don’t get their fair share of lottery money for good causes in return. That’s why Labour will make the National Lottery more transparent, so that people can clearly see where lottery tickets are bought and where money for good causes is spent.

“We will also look at how people can have more of a say in how lottery money is spent in their local areas. It’s time for our communities to take more control of our National Lottery.”