Welsh charities and sports bodies could lose up to £36 million if the UK government decides to divert national lottery funds to pay for the 2012 London Olympics according to Welsh culture minister Alun Pugh.
In a letter to Tessa Jowell obtained by the BBC, Pugh outlines concerns from a lottery body and a group working with voluntary organisations, who warn that a loss of funding would see a number of projects “go to the wall”
He said: “The fall in income will have a significant impact on the ability of distributors in Wales to meet their requirements and to fund worthy projects across the good causes.
“Any increase in the National Lottery’s commitment to the 2012 Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games will inevitably impact on Welsh distributors and Welsh good causes.”
Pugh went on to add that the letter was just sending an early word of caution about who actually would be picking up the tab for the cost overruns.
“If all cost overruns fell on the lottery, that could have quite a significant impact on sporting, artistic and cultural projects across Wales and that would be quite disappointing to see that happening,” he added.
Alberta Gaming Commission Eyes Internet Gaming Regulation
The Alberta Togel Singapore Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) in Canada attempted to clear up media circus regarding the Province’s alleged interest in I-gaming regulation.
“I guess some of the media had exaggerated and were basically saying that we were moving ahead with that, and that’s not the case at all,” said Stephanie Francis, a spokeswoman for the AGLC. “We’re not moving ahead in any way.”
Various news sources on Wednesday reported that the AGLC had commissioned a poll, conducted via telephone and Internet, to determine how Albertans felt about online gambling.
Francis said that the survey was designed to keep the AGLC “abreast of the gaming industry market,” and that this survey was one of several that the commission regularly conducts.
“We conduct surveys and look for input on a variety of subjects; this is just one of them,” she said.
Francis did suggest, however, that the AGLC was not entirely indifferent to the idea of I-gaming regulation.
“Eventually . . . we’ll look at developing an Internet strategy, but that will be very, very far down the road,” she said.
No preliminary results have been made public; Francis said the survey is still ongoing, and is being conducted by an unnamed third party.
The AGLC has planned to make the results public, though no timeframe has been offered regarding their release.
“My understanding is that we will be sharing the results,” she said. “As to how and when, we don’t have any timelines yet . . . eventually, they will be made public.”