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New Special conditions for society lotteries using phone payment

New Special conditions for society lotteries using phone payment

The Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) is introducing new Special conditions for society using phone payment, following its consultation earlier this year. 

The new Special conditions are due to come into effect on 1 October this year and will complement the PSA’s existing Code of Practice.

There were 10 responses to the PSA policy consultation on the proposed Special conditions, which opened in February 2018. Following consideration of the feedback received during the consultation period, the conditions have remained largely the same as originally proposed and cover under-age gambling, the information that ought to be displayed in promotional material – to which some changes have been made, conditions of point of purchase, over how people are charged, and receipts. They also state that the PSA must be informed within 48 hours of a service being launched.

A special shortcode operating on numbers beginning 72 has also been established for society lotteries. This follows on from the introduction of the 70 shortcode for charity text donations, which has raised millions of pounds for good causes in the UK in recent years.

The PSA’s Chief Executive, Joanne Prowse, said:

‘We understand that phone-paid service providers, charities and societies are ready to start operating society lotteries to take advantage of the opportunities that phone payment presents.

‘The new Special conditions should help to build consumer confidence in this emerging service type, providing clarity to both consumers and the organisations offering the service and enabling participation in competitions that help good causes.

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.

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