The future of bingo in Scotland is at risk and we need your help to save it.
Bingo has been a mainstay of Scottish cultural life since the 1960s, welcoming thousands of customers into clubs to eat, drink and socialise over a much-loved game. Bingo clubs play an important role in addressing social isolation, with many of our predominantly female customers seeing an afternoon or evening at the bingo as their main opportunity for a good night out, and a place they feel safe to visit.
It is therefore devasting to say that the future of this great cultural institution, the local Bingo Club, is at risk of collapse. Some Bingo Clubs, particularly the small independent operators, simply cannot survive this pandemic without additional financial support, and may have no choice but to close their doors for good in Scotland.
Level Playing Field
Despite being one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic and subsequent restrictions, with the majority of clubs having been open for only one month out of the past ten and therefore closed far longer than our colleagues in restaurants, pubs, hotels, cinemas and more, Bingo Clubs across Scotland have received no funds other than the small grants to which everyone is entitled.
This is despite our repeated warnings to the Scottish Government that many bingo clubs are at risk of collapse – threatening the livelihoods of over 1000 valued employees.
Meanwhile our friends in hospitality, nightclubs, independent cinema and theatres have received millions of pounds in additional funding to help them survive the pandemic.
It is difficult to explain to valued customers and our loyal employees why Bingo Clubs in Scotland are deemed to be less important compared to other cultural activities such as the Arts, Theatres and Independent Cinemas.
All we are asking is that the Scottish Government levels the playing field by ensuring that Bingo Clubs receive the same support as our friends and peers across the hospitality, culture and entertainment sectors. This will allow us to ensure that Bingo remains part of Scotland’s social and cultural fabric for the benefit of our valued customers in the future.
How you can help
We are asking you to write to the Scottish Government to ask them to level the funding playing field and give Bingo Clubs the financial support they need to survive.
Please fill in the form to help save Scottish bingo.
Send an email to the Scottish Government
I am writing to ask you to extend financial support to bingo clubs in Scotland.
I don’t understand why the Scottish Government can help other businesses like cinemas, theatres, and nightclubs, but won’t help bingo clubs.
Bingo is important to me, my family, and my friends because [tell us why bingo is important to you].
Please level the playing field and give bingo the same support that you have given to other hospitality, culture, and entertainment businesses.