The I’m Backing Bingo campaign may well have hit a wall after the Government last week categorically refused to bow to bingo industry pressure, to lower the unfair bingo taxation that the bingo industry now incurs. This however only stimulates the online bingo industry still further to support the high street bingo halls.
As we have previously reported the ‘I’m Backing Bingo’ campaign had been launched by some of the biggest names in the bingo industry including Mecca Bingo and the Bingo Association in response to the Governments last budget, when taxation was increased from 15% to 22%. The big bingo clubs have fought a long and hard battle to try to get the decision overturned and have even managed to gain support from many MP’s around the country, who themselves as part of the campaign have been bombarded by letters of protest from the bingo playing community at the threat of closure of their beloved bingo halls.
The failure by the I’m Backing bingo campaign to get a result will without doubt prove to be the nail in the coffin for many beleaguered bingo halls. In fact if a report is to be believed published today in ‘This is Money’ the Mail’s city news section then Gala Bingo who have five bingo halls programmed for closure had thought that they would be able to save them if the Government overturned their decision on the increase in gross profit tax.
We still Back Bingo!
We also recently reported on a protest by the I’m Backing Bingo campaigners in Westminster which saw the gathered protestors even threatened with arrest when they tried to solicit support from the MP’s in the House of Commons. Although many MP’s promised to help and asserted that they would vote in support of the amendment only 83 votes were received in support of the withdrawal of the increased bingo taxation against the 283 who voted against any changes being made. The online bingo industry and of course Bingo Hideout remain steadfast in their support of the high street bingo industry and will all continue the fight. Bingo Hideout in particular will continue to do all they can to help expose the taxation anomaly that the industry faces and hope that a satisfactory resolution for the land based bingo halls and players is soon found.