West Somerset Council is considering running a “local authority” lottery to help to provide a source of funding for groups in the area and wants to know if residents would support the move.
Local authority grants for community and voluntary groups locally – and nationally – are dwindling due to the continuing pressures on the public purse so West Somerset Council is looking at alternative ways of helping.
Council lotteries are running successfully in other parts of the country and West Somerset is looking to run its project with an experienced company if the public and the groups support the idea.
The online lottery would offer £1 tickets with buyers having the choice of supporting a general fund or a specific group that would be listed on the website. It is estimated there would be a I in 56 chance of winning a prize.
Groups would contact the Council to be listed and would be included after checks were made and would receive any funds raised paid direct every month. For every £1 ticket sold, 60p would go to the group, 20p would go to the prize pot, 17p towards running costs and 3p VAT.
If there’s enough support for the initiative, the Council would apply for a local authority lottery licence and monitor the scheme. The groups benefiting would not pay any charges.
Cllr David Westcott, Lead Member for Communities, said: “The local voluntary and community groups do such important work here in West Somerset so as a Council we are considering how we can further support them.
“This local authority lottery looks like a fun and effective way to raise much needed funds, but we want to hear how residents and community groups feel. If this is something the community would support we are ready to sign up. Please use our website survey to have your say.”
The survey is available here www.westsomersetsays.com/consult.ti/wslottery/consultationHome and the council would welcome the community’s feedback.
Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 email email@example.com