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National Lottery: Community Development

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of National Lottery funding for good causes, excluding resources for the 2012 Olympic Games, will be available for community projects in each of the next 10 years. (177109)

All non-Olympic Lottery funding is essentially available to community projects in all the non-Olympic good cause sectors, namely the arts, sport, heritage and the areas supported by the Big Lottery Fund. There is no clear distinction between community projects and those with wider national or regional significance, or grants to individuals for public benefit. Decisions on which Lottery applications to support are made at arm’s length by the independent distributing bodies.

On current projections, even before these are revised to take account of likely returns under the third licence, over £5 billion of fresh Lottery income will be raised for the non-Olympic good causes in the five years from 2008-09 to 2012-13. This, together with further income raised until at least 2019, will be shared half for Big Lottery Fund causes, and a sixth each for sport, art and heritage.