Gambling Act fee is needed for raffle

PUBLISHED: 14:32 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:36 16 June 2010

My partner is the owner of Mavericks Tattoo Studio, in Wilmington.  You may have seen our recent advert regarding a raffle we have organised in aid of Honiton Baptist Church.

My partner is the owner of Mavericks Tattoo Studio, in Wilmington. You may have seen our recent advert regarding a raffle we have organised in aid of Honiton Baptist Church.

A licensing officer from East Devon district Council saw the advert and contacted us, asking if we had registered our "society" under the Gambling Act 2005 and that a registration fee of £40 was payable.

Firstly, we are not a society but a small tattoo studio doing our bit for the local community and trying to help our good friends at Honiton Baptist Church, who are struggling financially.

Hence, we decided to hold a raffle with all proceeds going to the church.

We have not door-knocked, cold called anyone or stood in the High Street selling tickets.

The few tickets that we have managed to sell have been bought by clients, friends and family and mostly by people with an interest in tattoos, although one lady in her 80s has bought a ticket just to do her bit!

This is by no means a grand scale event or a national lottery and we are not making any profit whatsoever.

Please, could someone explain why £40 should be paid to EDDC?

Is the council in dire straights? In need of some extra income, maybe?

I don't know whether to laugh or be angry, and I sincerely hope that EDDC is very happy with their £40.

Lisa Perrin

By email


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