Gambling review update 2016

22 Feb 2016 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 25 Feb 2016

In 2011, the Department for Social Development launched a public consultation on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland.

The consultation included proposals to make less restrictive limits so that charities and other societies could run raffles/lotteries with more attractive prizes. It was anticipated that the new Bill would have been introduced to the Assembly in late 2015 however this is now not going to happen before the forthcoming Assembly elections.

When the new Minister takes up his/her post in May, he/she will decide when the new Bill will be introduced to the Assembly. The Department for Social Development has stated that it is unlikely that it will carry out a public consultation on the draft legislation.  Realistically the new gambling legislation is unlikely to be in place before the middle of 2017, at the earliest.

To view NICVA’s response to the consultation, please click here.  And to see the current rules for running raffles and lotteries read our guidance note.'s picture
by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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