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Camelot in lottery job cuts plan

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Camelot had its lottery licence renewed 18 months ago

Lottery operator Camelot has announced a consultation on proposals for 250 redundancies in the UK.

Among those at risk are 45 workers from Camelot's base in Aintree, Merseyside, where 75 people are currently employed.

The cuts from Camelot's 880-strong UK workforce are being made to reduce costs as well as boost donations to good causes, a spokesman said.

Camelot's licence to run the National Lottery was renewed 18 months ago when it announced it hoped to cut costs.

Any potential redundancies would form part of that exercise, a spokesman said.

A company statement said: "Camelot is already the most cost efficient lottery operator in Europe and has succeeded in growing lottery sales over the last five years - but we have pledged to further reduce operating costs to ensure the company is fit for purpose to maximise returns to the good causes over the next 10 years.

"We are currently carrying out a consultation across all levels of the company, but no final decision has yet been made on potential redundancies."

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