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June 19, 2021

Rank claimed that at least 20 licensed British bingo clubs had been closed

UK bingo duty reduced to 20 % in pre-budget report

(UK).- Shares in Rank Group jumped nearly 3 % in London this week after the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, announced in his pre-budget report to Parliament that he would reduce bingo gaming duties from 22 % to 20 %.

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ank had written to HM Treasury earlier this year in October in advance of the UK government's pre-budget report, calling on the level of bingo duty to be reduced to 15%, in harmony with most other forms of betting and gaming in the UK.

The company claimed that at least 20 licensed British bingo clubs had been closed in the five months following this year's 2009 Budget, when the government increased the rate of bingo duty from 15 % to 22 %.

In his pre-budget report to Parliament this week, Darling confirmed that bingo duty would be reduced by only 2 %, despite the efforts of Rank and other industry supporters who argued for even further reductions. "I can also tell the House that, from the Budget, I will cut bingo duty from 22 to 20 %," Darling told Parliament this afternoon.

Shares in Rank Group plc have dropped back to 79.60 pence per share in London, having jumped 2.8% to 81.20 pence immediately following the announcement.

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