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The National Lottery represents a bad deal for Britain's poor, according to a new report launched today by the theology think tank Theos.
Using a combination of polling undertaken by ComRes and analysis of existing research into the Lottery, the report reveals that people in
In summary, the research finds that:
Commenting on the research, Paul Woolley, Director of Theos, said:
"This research adds to a growing body of evidence which shows that Lottery players come from poorer backgrounds. They also spend significantly more, especially as a proportion of their household income, than more affluent players.
"National Lottery distributors have an obligation to ensure that all parts of the country have fair access to funds and that awards should be made with a view to reducing economic and social deprivation. In reality, Lottery funding across all the streams – arts, sports, heritage and charitable expenditure – is insufficiently targeted on the communities that need it most.
"The Lottery might have created a new source of funding for projects that would otherwise have remained un-funded, but this has come with a high price tag for
"The old argument that the National Lottery is a 'tax' on the poor for the benefit of the middle classes may have some justification."
ComRes interviewed 1019 GB adults on behalf of Theos using an online questionnaire between 5 and 7 December 2008. Data were weighted to be representative demographically of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
Social Grade is the socio-economic classification used by the market research and marketing industries. Definitions are as follows: AB respondents are higher or intermediate managerial or administrative professionals; C1 respondents are supervisory, clerical, junior managerial or administrative professionals; C2 respondents are skilled manual workers while DEs are semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers or those who are unemployed or on state benefits.
Elizabeth was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.
Posted 11 August 2011
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