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The Government has carefully considered feedback received at consultation and has decided to take forward the proposals. The Legislative Reform (Horserace Betting Levy) Order 2018 was laid before Parliament on 9 October 2018.
The proposals are designed to streamline the administration of the Horserace Betting Levy and to reduce administrative inconveniences and financial costs on those affected by the Levy. The draft Order will transfer responsibility for Levy assessment, collection and enforcement to the Gambling Commission, and pass responsibility for application of Levy funds to a body to be designated by the Secretary of State for these purposes. The reforms will result in the closure of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, a DCMS arm’s length body, and the Levy appeal tribunals.
The Government propose to make this Order in accordance with section 1 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (LRRA). The Government considers that there are a number of financial costs or administrative inconveniences which will be reduced or removed by the draft Order - as set out in the Explanatory Document.
The draft Legislative Reform Order will be considered by the Parliamentary Regulatory Reform Committee and the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. The Order is subject to the approval of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Detail of feedback received
Some respondents have requested redactions and we have also redacted some details to comply with data protection requirements.
The Government is consulting on proposals to reform the administration of the Horserace Betting Levy using a Legislative Reform Order, which will result in the closure of the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the transfer of the Board’s functions to other bodies.