ACE faces Lottery cash drop

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Arts Council England faces major drop in its income from the Lottery next year.

New figures from Lottery operator Camelot shows that Lottery ticket sales fell by £226m from April to September this year compared with the same period last year, and Camelot is warning of more falls to come.

Camelot CEO Andy Duncan said: “With the current climate of economic uncertainty and signs that consumers are being more cautious with their spending, we expect the next six months to be similarly challenging.”

Changes in the market, with more sales on scratchcards and digital games, which pay less to good causes, will also affect ACE’s income.

It’s part of a continuing downward trend in Lottery income for the good causes, which also includes sport, health and other charities. This year, 23.1% of income will go to good causes, compared with 24.6% last year and 28% in 2013. Of that Lottery cash, 20% went to the arts in 2015/16 – around £380m and 14% went to Arts Council England.

ACE outgoing chair Sir Peter Bazalgette said that the organisation would be keeping a close eye on its Lottery revenues, which were “increasingly important as our Grant in Aid has declined.”

But a spokesman for ACE said, “The National Lottery generates more money for good causes across the UK than any other institution and will continue to do so.  There have always been fluctuations in returns which we manage so that we can still support thousands of great projects across England.”


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