Eyes down as MP celebrates bingo tax cut

By Ian Dipple Friday 04 April 2014 Updated: 04/04 09:31

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Buy photos » John Anderson, manager of Shipleys in Redditch and Redditch MP Karen Lumley celebrate the cut in bingo tax. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

IT WAS eyes down at Shipleys bingo club as town MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to celebrate the decision to cut tax on the industry.

Mrs Lumley was also presented with a special cake to celebrate her 50th birthday last Friday (March 28) which she served to lucky players at the venue in The Quadrant.

The industry is celebrating Chancellor George Osborne's decision in the budget to cut tax on the industry from 20 per cent to 10 per cent, following a sustained campaign by The Bingo Association.

Miles Baron, the association's chief executive, said following the decision firms such as Mecca had announced plans for three new bingo halls while Gala were scrapping plans to close nine and would build a additional one.

"By keeping clubs open, encouraging investment and jobs it will put money back into the exchequer."

Jim Shipley, owner of Shipleys, said they were looking at how to pass on the tax cut to players by offering minimum win games, so prizes would not be split if multiple players call at the same time, and refurbishment of the building.

"It allows us to retain some money which will help with the investments which have been put on hold. It's a great boost for us."

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