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June 14, 2021

Once the smoking ban is implemented

Gala and Rank call for tax breaks

(UK).- Bingo operators Gala and Rank Group have called on the British government to make necessary changes, such as scrapping VAT on bingo takings, to offset the impending impact July’;s smoking ban will have on the UK bingo industry.


he pair are arguing that without any breaks, up to a quarter of the UK’s bingo halls could be forced to close after the ban is implemented.

Rank's CEO, Ian Burke, said it was "time to rectify some of the things that have survived longer than they ought to have done", while his Gala counterpart Neil Goulden said that bingo would suffer more from the ban than other activities because 46 per cent of its players smoked.

Both executives, along with the Bingo Association’s chairman Sir Peter Fry, are hoping to meet ministers in the next fortnight to discuss the changes.

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