EYES down, looking...to keep Bingo alive.
Solihull MP Lorely Burt says one of Britain’s most popular pastimes is under threat because of a tax hike.
She joined Liberal Democrat colleagues in the Commons in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Government plans to increase the tax on Bingo, from the current 15 per cent to 22 per cent.
Mrs Burt said: “There are just under 600 Bingo clubs in the UK, and over 60 have closed in the last two years. The situation for many others is bleak, and an increase in taxation will put further clubs out of business.
“Ministers should be trying their utmost to keep people in employment, not putting more out of work as a result of greedy taxation policies.
“This piece of legislation shows that they have muddled priorities, given the devastating effect that it will have on livelihoods.”
The MP has signed a petition on the No 10 website calling for the Prime Minister not to increase duty on Bingo. To access the petition visit http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Bingoplayers/