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A community lottery for Scottish local government


For a number of months, the Improvement Service has been facilitating discussions with councils on the potential to establish a local authority lottery scheme.


This is possible within current council powers and has been successfully pioneered by a growing number of local authorities in England.


In summary, council lotteries offer the potential to generate income for distribution to ‘good causes’ – normally via local community and voluntary groups. This can link to existing local mechanisms such as participatory budgeting.


A number of Scottish councils are already well advanced in developing a lottery scheme and are keen to explore the potential benefits of a collaborative management approach across a number (and potentially all) Scottish local authorities. This would be within the context of developing discrete area-based lotteries which distribute benefits locally.


We will be sending further information around the next stage of this work to all council chief executives over the next few weeks.


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