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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