An answer from Gerry Sutcliffe

  • 10 Jul 08
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Live bingo announcement

After many months of speculation, Gerry Sutcliffe has sent a written announcement to the House of Commons concerning the future of live bingo halls. This proposal states that the Government are going to change the rules that govern the number of B3 slot machines that are allowed in live bingo clubs.

The proposal to allow an additional four machines per club redresses the burden that double taxation has put on live bingo clubs. This change comes as a result of months of consultation on behalf of the clubs and will give the industry the lift that it has desperately needed since the change in the law in 2007.

Change In Law

When the change in the law will come into effect is not yet known, but those in the live bingo industry are this week heaving a huge sigh of relief. The promised boost in game numbers means they can satisfy more customers and compete with the increasing numbers of slot side-games available across most online bingo sites.

Allowing for more additional play outside of the main sessions will clearly generate more of an income for the struggling industry. The live bingo industry has severely missed the shortfall since last September – enough to have closed a large number of halls with more looking to close in the near future.

Positive Action

The Chief Executive of the Bingo Association Paul Talboys has stated that in making this decision the Minister has “recognised the valuable role bingo clubs play and taken steps to secure their future”. This positive response to a positive action is reassuring for the clubs previously ear-marked for closure and now the future looks a little brighter in the long term.

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