MPs Campaign to Boost Bingo with over 300,000 signatures delivered to Downing Street

On Wednesday 26th February 2014, supportive MPs and bingo customers from around the country handed in over 300,000 petition signatures to HM Treasury in Westminster, following a campaign to reduce bingo duty from 20% to 15%.

Following the launch of a national campaign at the beginning of this year that called for the Government to lower bingo duty, the Boost Bingo campaign has received overwhelming support, not only from 400 bingo clubs across the country and their customers, but also from the general public.  This support highlights that bingo is a leisure activity that is at the heart of communities across Britain.

Having gathered over 300,000 petition signatures, The Bingo Association, which is spearheading the campaign, organised a celebratory march in Westminster which culminated in the hand in of the petitions to the Chancellor’s residence at Number 11 Downing Street – making them aware of the importance of the issue to the British public.

On Wednesday 26th February 2014, nearly 200 bingo customers from across the country were joined by supportive MPs to hand in the petition and tell the Government “this is what the people want.” Rob Halfon MP, Brian Binley MP, Therese Coffey MP and Peter Aldous MP showed their support by marching from Parliament to the door at number 11 Downing Street, while Philip Davies MP and Meg Hillier MP came out to greet the Boost Bingo crowd.  

The Boost Bingo campaign is calling for the Government to lower the excessive tax burden, which is preventing investment and job creation.  

Miles Baron, Chief Executive of The Bingo Association, said: 

“Reducing bingo duty 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% to 15%, the industry as a whole has committed to substantial investment in modernisation and jobs.

“We hope that by receiving hundreds of thousands of petition signatures, the Government will realise this is something that really matters to the British public and lower bingo duty.”  

Key Points  

  1. The bingo industry generates more than £200 million in tax revenue for the Government each year, employs 12,500 people and includes almost 400 licensed bingo clubs across Great Britain.
  2. The Bingo Association launched the Boost Bingo Campaign on 13th January 2014 to convince policymakers to change Bingo Duty from 20% to 15%, in line with other gambling activities. Lowering the duty would lead to investment, modernisation and jobs.   
  3. Professional services firm EY has produced projections of how the bingo industry will respond to a reduction in bingo duty. It would drive additional revenue for bingo clubs, in turn generating additional revenues for the Exchequer. Overall, reducing bingo duty is expected to raise around £40 million for the Exchequer over four years.