David Clifton to speak at online conference focusing on the future for the UK’s National Lottery


During the morning on Wednesday 26 August 2020, David Clifton is speaking online at a Westminster Media Forum policy conference entitled “The future for the National Lottery – innovation, purpose and priorities for the licence competition“.

David’s session (at 9.40am) – “Placing the National Lottery on a sustainable footing for the future – key priorities for the Licence competition” – follows the the 9.05am keynote speech (“The future shape and role of the National Lottery – the policy perspective”) to be delivered by Julie Carney, Deputy Director, Gambling & Lotteries, at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Other speakers include:

  • Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, National Lottery Community Fund and Chair, The National Lottery Forum
  • Jacob Eliot, Head of Policy, The National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Professor Mark Griffiths, Distinguished Professor, Behavioural Addiction and Director, International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University
  • Malcolm Fleming, Head of Public Affairs, People’s Postcode Lottery

We first reported in March 2019 on the initial news of the fourth National Lottery Licence Competition (“4NLC”) and – on that same Clifton Davies webpage – provided updates as they occurred throughout 2019.

Our most recent report on the 4NLC was in our May 2020 website posting entitled “Delay reported for the UK’s Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition”, that included a 22 June 2020 update confirming that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the 4NLC tender process being delayed for three months, meaning that the 4NLC Selection Questionnaire will not be issued before August 2020 at the earliest.

This will be a very timely conference, with:

  • Camelot Group, the current operating company of the National Lottery, presently facing a media and political backlash following reports that 16 and 17-year-olds have spent £47 million on National Lottery scratchcards and online instant win games (as reported by SBC News here),
  • the outcome still awaited of last year’s DCMS consultation on plans to increase to 18 the minimum age to play such National Lottery products,
  • the recent Gambling Related Harm APPG report calling for all online gambling, including the National Lottery, to be restricted to those over 18, and
  • the even more recent House of Lords Select Committee report on the social and economic impact of the gambling industry recommending that the Gambling Commission should undertake an inquiry into the National Lottery’s (and society lotteries’) advertising and administration costs.

The full conference agenda can be viewed here or downloaded below.

Registration information can be found within the Event Booking Form, accessible here.