British Shadow heritage Secretary Harriet Harman, whom last week outlined her plans for a supplementary levy on all kinds of sports betting, online and off. (Image: theguardian.com)
The stock exchange had reacted poorly to news that great britain Labour Party is arranging a multimillion-pound levy on all sports betting, online and off, should it be elected in 2015. Ladbrokes plc dropped 3.16 percent, while William Hill plc fell 2.88 percent immediately following the announcement by Labour’s Shadow community Secretary Harriet Harman final week. The levy will be much like that currently applied to horseracing betting, the revenue from which, some £82 million ($139.314 million) in 2014, is ploughed back into the horseracing industry.
More Cash, More Sports
The scheme that is new part of Labour’s ‘More Sport for All’ incentive, that will see the extra revenue raised from sports wagering going primarily to the growth of grassroots recreations, with some going to the remedy for problem gambling. Harman also said she is thinking about the introduction of a ‘proper levy’ on revenue derived by the Premier League through the sale of soccer television legal rights, which is going to be spent on developing grassroots soccer.
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