The terms of the 56th Levy Scheme (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, or earlier, as directed by Government) were determined by the Secretary of State on 1 December 2016 after an agreement between HBLB and the Bookmakers' Committee could not be reached. The Secretary of State directed that the terms of the 55th Levy Scheme should continue to have effect for the 56th Levy Scheme, in the event that the 56th Levy Scheme was introduced in circumstances where planned legislative reforms to the Levy did not have effect by 1 April 2017. It was announced by Government on 29 March 2017 that the 56th Levy Scheme should have effect from 1 April; and Government confirmed on 24 April that new legislative reforms would take effect from 25 April. The period of the 56th Levy Scheme was therefore 1 April to 24 April 2017 inclusive.
A copy of the 56th Levy Scheme is available here.
The following table summarises the 56th Levy Scheme as amended for the period 1 April to 24 April 2017 inclusive.
|56th Levy Scheme|
|Off-course betting through Licensed Betting Offices (LBOs) – Operators with more than 100 LBOs||10.75%|
|Off-course betting through LBOs – Operators with 100 or fewer LBOs||Abated rate applies to those of its LBOs (up to a maximum of 30) which have gross profits on BHBB of less than £3,765|
|Flat Rate Rebate applicable to LBOs generating £3,946 or less gross profit on BHBB||£73 per LBO, up to a maximum of 30 in any chain and £33 for all other LBOs|
|Flat Rate Rebate applicable to LBOs generating gross profit on BHBB of between £3,947 and £4,011||£33 pro rata|
|Internet and telephone||10.75%|
|Bet-brokers including betting exchanges, where gross profits is defined as gross commission on BHBB deducted from the winnings paid out to bettors and bet-takers||10.75%|
|Point-to-Point and/or harness racing and/or trotting events only||£12|