On a more positive note, however, the BA is pleased to see a proposed amendment to the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981, which may well allow one of their members (the National Bingo Game Association Limited) to run “combined bingo” sessions (i.e. games that are played at more than one place, and promoted by more than one person/brand) without having to pay bingo duty in other countries than just the UK. Previously, the NBGA were restricted to operating combined bingo in the UK only; and would have had to pay significant taxes to provide its services to clubs in other countries.
Whilst it might be a case of one thumb up and one thumb down from the BA on the implications of the 2013 budget, they have recently had cause for other celebrations. In January 2013, Gala Bingo rejoined the Association’s fold (after withdrawing in 2008), bringing with it 138 clubs across Great Britain. The move has help to double the BA’s membership figures in the last twelve month period, along with the approval of applications from a number of other operators like Rileys Sports Bars Limited and Cashino Gaming Limited.
It seems as though everyone has got something to say about the budget. How has it affected you, and have any tax and policy changes had an impact on your ability to afford playing bingo?