Newcastle is set to run its own lottery under a scheme that could prove just the ticket for local charities, voluntary groups and good causes.
Proposals to develop the Newcastle-under-Lyme Local Lottery were approved by Cabinet members at last night’s meeting after they heard that it would help to ease increasing pressures on the Council’s grant funding budgets.
Other local authorities throughout the country have already established similar schemes; in late 2015, Aylesbury Vale District Council created the Vale Lottery, in partnership with external lottery manager Gatherwell Ltd.; this year, four other councils – in Gloucester, Melton, Mendip and Portsmouth – also decided to launch their own lotteries with Gatherwell, following the success of the Vale Lottery model.
Now, council officers are to look into developing the borough’s own lottery, which it is estimated will cost no more than £10,000 to set-up, but could generate many more times that sum for local beneficiaries within a matter of weeks.
Leader of the Council, Elizabeth Shenton, said: “Given the significant cuts in public sector expenditure over the last few years, coupled with the potential for further reductions, there is real concern at the impact these budget pressures will have on all aspects of the Council's work.”
“It’s inevitable that there will be a consequent and significant effect on the Council’s ability to commission work with the voluntary and community sectors across the Borough.
“We hope this scheme will enable us to continue to support local charities and community groups in future.”