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14BN REASONS TO KEEP THE LOTTERY THRIVING - JOWELL

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Public votes and a£200m Youth Fund will breathe new life into ...
Public votes and a £200m Youth Fund will breathe new life into

world's most successful lottery

Different companies will have the chance to run different games and

the public will have far more say in where good cause money is spent.

These are two of the big changes to the way the lottery will be

operated in the future, culture secretary Tessa Jowell announced

today.

Setting out the main points in the new lottery decision document

published today, Tessa Jowell also stressed the importance of

widening public support for the lottery. She announced that there

will be a National Lottery Day and a single brand on all lottery

funded projects to make people more aware of where the money they

have spent on tickets has been allocated.

Ms Jowell said:

'The lottery has made has made Britain a better place. In fact, it is

hard to imagine what it would be like without the lottery's

influence. No Eden Project. No Baltic Mill and no Angel of the North.

No Commonwealth Games. And for thousands of voluntary and community

groups - little opportunity to realise their ambitions.

'But we don't get better just by celebrating what we have achieved,

we need to move on. Seven years from when the Lottery started was a

good time to take stock, to analyse what was working well and what

were not. The review I announced in July last year was set up to do

just that.

'Because a public which can't see how the lottery has benefited them,

and don't understand how or why grant decisions are made, is a public

that won't buy tickets.

'If they don't buy tickets we are limited in the good causes we

benefit. That simple, vicious cycle is the absolute nub of the

problem we face. And it makes clear what the solution must be. Only

reconnect. That in a nutshell is the conclusion of the Review.

'There are two great principles that should never change about the

lottery. The first is that it should have the flexibility t o lead not

to follow trends: to act as the venture capital for communities,

giving people and communities who cannot access the more orthodox

financial routes a chance.

'The second principle is, simply, remember who we work for. The

public's confidence in the lottery will only be rebuilt if they know

that their money is spent in a way they understand, in real

consultation with them.

'All in all, and just in time for its 10th birthday, this is the

biggest overhaul of the Lottery since its inception. But I believe

that permanent revolution is essential to the lottery's survival.

Society is changing at such a pace, there are so many other outlets

for people's marginal income, that we can't ever stop the fight to

explain how the lottery works to the public, to ask them what they

want the money to be spent on, and to make sure it's spent wisely. In

short, it's time to give the Lottery back to the people.'

Other major changes proposed in the decision documents include:

- Local referendums will be used by the new distributor to consult

communities about particular decisions;

- Each lottery distributor will involve the public in decisions

about funding themes and local lottery spending by a number of mean

including citizens' juries;

- The new Joint Promotional Unit will look at ways to increase local

involvement in decisions on funding major capital projects;

- Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund to merge, creating

biggest distributor - controlling 50% of money intended for good

causes. The body will also act as a first point of call for new

applicants who do not fit neatly distributors' priorities;

- Setting up a Young People's Fund, worth an initial #200m, which

will concentrate solely on distributing money to children's groups

and young people;

- A new micro-grants scheme - a simplified procedure of applying for

awards of less than £500 which can be decided upon quickly a nd

easily;

- An expansion of the Awards for All programme, increasing the

maximum small grant available from £5,000 to £10,000;

- Set up a National Lottery Day - an annual event when

lottery-funded organisations will open their doors for free to show

people the work they do, people who have received lottery funded

training - sports stars and musicians for example - will pass on free

coaching to the public. There will also be one-off big jackpots for

players;

- Make people more aware of where their 28p in every pound ticket

goes by creating a common logo that would be displayed by all

recipients of lottery cash.

A press release from the Scottish Executive follows.

Frank McAveety, minister for tourism, culture and sport, the executive's lead minister on the National Lottery, said:

'The National Lottery has brought more than £1bn to over 15,000 projects in Scotland since 1994. It has played an important role in boosting and diversifying funding for the arts, sport and heritage, and for local authorities and the voluntary sector.

'For example, in recent weeks alone I have been delighted to be able to announce over £11m of Lottery funding for activities for school children including dance projects and £16m for Scottish athletes, as well as launching the paddle steamer Waverley which had been refitted with £6m of lottery cash.

'Although legislation on the National Lottery is reserved to Westminster, there are extensive devolved arrangements for the lottery in Scotland. For instance there are three Scottish lottery distributors: Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Screen, and sportscotland.

'The Executive is playing its part in the review of the National Lottery and we took part in the consultation exercise last year on lottery distribution policy.

'Since then we have been involved in close discussion with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport over the arrangements for lottery distribution in the devolved Scotland.

In particular, Scottish ministers are keen to examine with Whitehall colleagues whether Scottish ministers can have the same direct relationship with the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund as we currently have with the three Scottish distributors.

'The voluntary sector in Scotland are also very keen that arrangements for the lottery in Scotland should better reflect devolution. Indeed, Scottish ministers have made a commitment under our Partnership for a Better Scotland to work with the UK government to secure a Scottish Opportunities Fund to provide sustainable core funding to relevant voluntary organisations.'

The consultation period on the White Paper, which runs to October 30, allows a further opportunity for people in Scotland to comment on the proposals for the future arrangements for the distribution of lottery funds, including the arrangements in Scotland.

NOTES

1. The Lottery Decision Documents are both available on the DCMS

website at: www.culture.gov.uk

2. A copy of Tessa Jowell's speech to the Lottery Monitor Annual

Conference is also available on the website.

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