The government has launched a public consultation into how National Lottery money is distributed across England and the UK.
The 12-week consultation is to help guide the policy direction for the Big Lottery Fund. It seeks opinions on the Fund’s distribution of National Lottery money across England and programmes covering the whole of the UK.
According to the consultation document, existing policy directions for the Fund’s distribution of money in England and for UK-wide programmes have not been revised since 2012 and need to be updated.
Since 2012 there has been a change of Government and the Fund has also published a new Strategic Framework, and there is a need for both sets of new priorities to be reflected in the policy directions with the intention that these should remain relevant and helpful at least for the remainder of this Parliament.
Once the responses to the consultation have been considered, the government will consult the Fund on how best to amend the directions, before issuing a final version in autumn 2016.
The consultation closes on 12 August 2016.
Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson said:
“The Big Lottery Fund is a vital national institution that contributes to the fabric and well being of communities up and down the UK. The consultation will respect and reflect the Fund’s own commitments and priorities, in combination with the government’s commitments and priorities, to help create a more compassionate society.”
The Big Lottery Fund is the single largest funder of UK civil society and receives 40% of the £1.8 billion ‘good causes’ money generated through the National Lottery each year. This amounts to around £700 million annually.