Croydon charities and community groups running ‘lotteries’ need to look at Council consultation on gambling

Croydon Council has begun a consultation on its  proposed ‘Statement of Principles’ setting out how it will exercise its functions under the Gambling Act 2005.

This is not just about betting shops and other commercial gaming facilities,

but also about charities and community groups.

You can access the documents at

Closing date Wednesday 16 October

It states:

‘Small Society Lotteries

This licensing authority will adopt a risk based approach towards its enforcement responsibilities for small society lotteries. This authority considers that the following list, although not exclusive, could affect the risk status of the operator:

  • submission of late returns (returns must be submitted no later than three months

after the date on which the lottery draw was held)

  • submission of incomplete or incorrect returns
  • breaches of the limits for small society lotteries

Non-commercial gaming is permitted if it takes place at a non-commercial event, either as an incidental or principal activity at the event. Events are non-commercial if no part of the proceeds is for private profit or gain. The proceeds of such events may benefit one or more individuals if the activity is organised:

  • by, or on behalf of, a charity or for charitable purposes
  • to enable participation in, or support of, sporting, athletic or cultural activities.

Charities and community groups should contact this licensing authority on 020 8760 5466 to seek further advice.’


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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