Gambling review update 2016
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.