Campaign to ease bingo tax burden


Bingo players in Arbroath will have the chance of a free game this weekend to mark the launch of a campaign to reduce tax on bingo.

As part of the Boost Bingo campaign players in 400 bingo clubs across Britain will be able to play free games for cash prizes today (Friday), tomorrow and Sunday.

The campaign is being run by The Bingo Association which is calling on the Government to bring taxation on bingo in line with other gambling activities.

At the moment bingo is taxed at 20 per cent, as opposed to 15 per cent for other gambling pursuits, and The Bingo Association feels this higher taxation is preventing investment, modernisation and growth.

Peter Conor, manager of Gala Clubs in Arbroath, said: “Bingo is a much loved game in Arbroath and across the country and that’s why it’s so important for people to support the Boost Bingo campaign by coming down to play the Boost Bingo free games this weekend!

“The unfair tax burden is putting financial pressures on clubs like mine, and preventing new investment, new jobs and new clubs. I’m urging customers to go to their bingo club this weekend, play the free bingo games, and sign our petition.”

The bingo industry in Great Britain employs around 12,500 people and generates approximately £200 million each year in tax revenue for the Government.

Chief executive of The Bingo Association, Miles Baron, added: “Reducing the tax on bingo will enable clubs to invest in their future. More investment means more jobs and more thriving bingo communities. If bingo duty is lowered from 20 per cent to 15 per cent, the industry as a whole has committed to substantial investment in new premises, modernisation and jobs. We hope that people across the country will come together for the launch of the Boost Bingo campaign this weekend.”