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Newtown charities could benefit from planned lottery

 
Created on 01/11/2018 @ 21:29
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Charities and organisations in Newtown could soon benefit from a lottery organised by Powys County Council.

The council's Cabinet is to consider establishing a lottery for the county that would support charity, third sector and other voluntary organisations in the area.

It would be the first such lottery in Wales if the Cabinet gives the go ahead on 6 November.

"The establishment of a local authority lottery is a concept being explored by a number of local authorities (no scheme currently exists in Wales)," states a report to councillors.

"At a time when there are increasing pressures on financial support that local authorities are able to provide to the voluntary and community sectors, they are seen as a way of providing support and to bring in additional funding."

The report adds: "Developing such a lottery in Powys would help fund discretionary support for local third sector and community groups, and enable such organisations to raise funds directly for themselves.

"Additionally all funds raised by the lottery would be spent within Powys, and provide benefits to the people and communities of Powys."

Councillors are to be asked to back several options, including one where a private company will operate the lottery in behalf of the council rather than it operating it itself.

It has suggested appointing Gatherwell, an external lottery manager that already operates with local authorities in England.

The report states: The establishment of a local authority lottery is a concept being explored by a number of local authorities (no scheme currently exists in Wales). At a time when there are increasing pressures on financial support that local authorities are able to provide to the voluntary and community sectors, they are seen as a way of providing support and to bring in additional funding."

The lottery would cost £1 per ticket with a 1 in 50 chance of winning.

The report adds "60 per cent of all ticket sales would, therefore, go to good causes, this compares to 28 per cent in the National Lottery.

"Based on the performance of local authorities that have already launched a lottery, it is estimated that typically between £30,000 and £60,000 can be raised for good causes in Powys, on an annual basis. An organisation only needs to sell 20 tickets a week, for a year, to generate £520 for their good cause."

A decision will be made on 6 November.

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