Agenda item

Breckland Lottery Update

An update on the Breckland Lottery will be provided.

Minutes:

Councillor Mark Robinson gave a brief update on the Breckland lottery and how it was launched on 30 March 2018. Current key figures generated thus far was £72,800 revenue and £43,680 had gone directly to local community groups and organisations. On 1 June 2019 the Breckland Lottery Community Fund launched to coincide with the National Volunteers Week and offered verified good causes the opportunity to apply for grants of £250, £500 and £1,000 in return for committing to sign up an additional 10, 20 or 30 new players to the Scheme. The Scheme encouraged community organisations to recruit new supporters to their good cause which in turn generated more funds for the communities to share the following year. In the last month, there had been an increase of over 70 new players generating an additional 140 ticket sales per week giving the Council its highest weekly figure to date. The fund operated on a first past the post system and remained open to existing good causes and new groups interested in signing up. The scheme was operated by the Communities Team and new groups interested in signing up should visit www.ourbrecklandlottery.co.uk.

 

To date top performing good causes were:

 

PACT Animal Charity - £4,966.00

Garboldisham Fox CIC - £1,820.00

The Daisy Programme - £1,560.00

Dereham Theatre Company - £1,560.00

Thetford Netball Club - £1,500

 

There had also been community winners, and it was a great motivator to support local good causes and have the chance of winning a weekly cash prize of £25,000.

For every £1 ticket sold:

·         50p went to local good causes that were signed up to the Breckland Lottery:

·         10p went to The Breckland Lottery Community Fund: and

·         20p went to the lottery prize fund;

·         20p went towards running costs.

 

The Chairman asked for more information on the Lottery Management Company, Gatherwell Ltd. The Communities and Environmental Services Manager explained the amount of research that had been undertaken in appointing Gatherwell.  It had a history of working with 42 other local authorities with a proven track record. The Council did not fund it or make money from it. Only 10p in the £1 came into Breckland Council as part of its Community Fund which in turn was distributed to good causes. The support of the Lottery and its communication was on the basis that Breckland Council believed it was a valuable investment to establish a sustainable and ongoing fund for good causes to generate income.

 

Members questioned how Officer time was paid for in the hours spent helping to run the lottery.

 

Councillor Turner had concerns over smaller groups missing out and asked if this could be looked at so it could be an all-inclusive lottery.

 

Councillor Birt asked about the figures quoted on the website which did not equate to the figures mentioned above. He also asked if Breckland Council were fully insured against any pay out and risk. He also questioned how the Council ensured that players were over 16 and a resident of Breckland. Finally he had concerns about the fact that information was stored on Google servers and felt that the Council needs to be careful to ensure it was GDPR compliant.

 

In response the Communities and Environmental Services Manager explained that the insurance was covered by part of the fee paid to Gatherwell who were fully insured and the Council was not at any risk for any pay out.

 

In terms of the risk associated with checking ages, a strict and vigorous audit was undertaken by the Gambling Commission who ensured that Gatherwell and Breckland Council were fully compliant with all of the requirements of legislation in order that it was protected from underage players – appropriate safeguards were in place.

 

As for being GDPR compliant, the Communities and Environmental Services Manager would check with Gatherwell on the storage of information and get a response for the Commission.

 

The Executive Director Place, Rob Walker explained that he and the Place Manager, Riana Rudland held the licence to operate the lottery for Breckland Council and the process and procedures were onerous and rigorous and the Gambling Commission regularly checked to ensure Breckland Council were doing everything it should.

 

Members asked for an analysis on the Officer time spent and costs taken to run the scheme. The Chairman asked for this information to be reported back to the OSC in 3 months’ time.