BIG Lottery Funding could be slashed by Government in Comprehensive Spending Review

21 Nov 2015     Last updated: 21 Nov 2015

There are strong indications that John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports has proposed slashing BIG Lottery funding by as much as 40%.  

The Minister has cut mainstream funding in his department and is seeking to substitute Lottery funding to ease some of the pain in other areas like sport and the arts.

When the Lottery was set up by John Major, the then Prime Minister, to fund good causes it was always meant to be additional and separate to mainstream government expenditure.  

NICVA Chief Executive said "if this cut to the BIG Lottery goes through in the Comprehensive Spending Review it would really have a detrimental effect right across the UK and particularly Northern Ireland. The BIG Lottery is the biggest source of funding distributed independently of government."

"With our sister organisations in England, Scotland and Wales we have been in contact with Ministers in Whitehall and in the devolved governments to raise serious concern.

If the DCMS Minister is to review the proportion of Lottery Funding that is allocated to each of the difference distributors, a proper review would be needed.  We would be concerned if decisions were made without gathering evidence of the impact of any changes and would welcome clarification in advance of the Spending review that the Minister recognises the vital role that Big Lottery Fund plays in supporting those most in need in NI".

To understand the reach of BIG Lottery please use NCVO's search tool to see spending in your area.  This is what is now in jeopardy.

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