West Lothian Council lottery plans discussed

West Lothian’s Third Sector Interface Group could run a community lottery raising money for charities in the county.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 11:22 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 11:44 am
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It is an option West Lothian Council agreed to investigate at its latest meeting as it explores the potential for running a community lottery.

In January the council agreed to look at how schemes in England perform and also to meet third sector groups and gauge their support for a local lottery.

In a report to the council Joanna Anderson, a Community Planning Development Officer said: “There are a number of challenges and risks involved in running a council lottery that would need to be considered. These challenges were further emphasised through the consultation, with the key issue being the potential reputational damage associated with the promotion of gambling and running a gambling scheming not sitting well with the function of the council.

"Feedback from other areas across Scotland suggests that this is the main reason that other Scottish Councils have not progressed this.”

She added: “One other consideration that was touched upon in the 26 January report to West Lothian Council but not fully explored, was the role of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) in community lottery.

"A TSI-run lottery would be community-led but would be West Lothian wide and would likely use and external lottery provider (ELM), such as Gatherwell.”

The council agreed to ongoing discussions with the local TSI and West Lothian Voluntary Sector Gateway.