Horserace Betting Levy Board
Statutory Functions: Levy CollectionImproving HorseracingAdvancing Veterinary Science and EducationSupporting Breeds
About the HBLB
The HBLB is a statutory body established by the Betting Levy Act 1961 and now operating in accordance with the provisions of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 (as amended).
Unlike some other non-departmental public bodies, the HBLB receives no central Government grant-in-aid and no National Lottery funding. Instead, it is required by the Act to collect a statutory levy from the horseracing business of bookmakers and the Tote successor company which it then distributes for the improvement of horseracing and breeds of horses and for the advancement of veterinary science and education.
For the financial year 2013/14 the Levy was distributed as follows:
|Point to Point||267|
|Great British Racing International||350|
About the Bookmakers’ Committee
The Bookmakers’ Committee is responsible for making annual recommendations to the HBLB regarding the terms, rates and conditions which will apply to the next Levy Scheme. It has 13 members representing the major companies and trade associations in the betting industry.
Modernising the Horserace Betting Levy
New The Government published a consultation paper on matters concerning the future of the Levy including options for reform or replacement. The paper can be found here. The deadline for responses was 5th November 2014.
53rd and 54th Levy Schemes
The terms of the 53rd Levy Scheme (1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015) can be found here. A press release reflecting the terms of the 54th Levy Scheme can be found here.
The HBLB makes a significant contribution to the total prize money in each calendar year.
The HBLB provides grants to racecourses to help cover regulation and integrity costs including camera patrol and photo finish equipment and the fees charged by the British Horseracing Authority for its services such as raceday veterinary and security officials and drug testing.
Jump Breeders' Prizes 2014
HBLB's provision of annual funding for a Jump Breeders' Prizes Scheme provides an incentive for breeders to develop horses to compete in the Jump racing programme.
Loans for Capital Projects
The HBLB supports the improvement of racecourses by allocating a multi-million pound sum annually in loans for capital projects.
Veterinary Science and Education
Free! HBLB is funding a FREE CEM laboratory test for non-Thoroughbred stallions that have not been previously tested. Download the CEMO test voucher.
The 2014 veterinary research and education grant applications are currently being evaluated by the HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee for recommendation to the HBLB's Board. Please note that the Board meets in December 2014 with decisions announced later that month. The next application round will open in spring 2015.
New! HBLB’s Autumn 2014 Veterinary Bulletin is available here, providing details on current funded Research Projects, Small Projects and Scholarships. Plus information on expenditure, the Equine Infectious Disease programme and Codes of Practice.
More details on the Research Projects can be found on Racehorse Health or here.
Industry Training and Education
The successful breeding, training and racing of thoroughbreds relies on numerous grooms, riders and jockeys with specialist skills and knowledge. Their recruitment and training is substantially funded through the Levy, as is Racing's schools education programme.