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ADC FEARS LOTTERY OFFERS EXCUSE TO CUT CAPITAL FUNDING

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The Association of District Council's finance panel has warned that lottery cash awards to aid local development sc...
The Association of District Council's finance panel has warned that lottery cash awards to aid local development schemes must not be used as an excuse to scale down expenditure on authorities' own capital projects.

The ADC is concerned that cash-strapped authorities struggling to meet local capitral investment needs may have spending power further reduced if they successfully bid for lottery money.

The ADC says it acknowledges that lottery finance has significant investment potential for councils and their communities, for example to help pay for sports facilities or environmental improvements, bit it fears that any 'windfalls' could affect the amount of money available through usual government approved borrowing.

It says that all lottery awards should be seen as purely 'additional' grants.

Finance panel chair Janet Sillett of Norwich City Council said:

'Nobody wants to se the lottery paying for local government, and there must be no attempt to replace proper funding for council projects with money received that way.

'The ADC will monitor closely the outcome of council's bids for lottery funds to ensure that the money is entirely additional.'

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