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COALFIELD COMMUNITIES DISCUSS HOW TO GET MORE LOTTERY MONEY

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Coalfield communities are meeting today in Barnsley to discuss how they can receive more lottery money, BBC Radio F...
Coalfield communities are meeting today in Barnsley to discuss how they can receive more lottery money, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Culture secretary Chris Smith told the programme: 'Some of the old coalfield areas have done very badly indeed'. The national average of lottery money given to good causes is£90 per head. But Barnsley, for example, has received only£17 per head.

'Clearly there is something wrong here', Mr Smith said. At the coalfield lottery conference, he will announce new research into the reasons for this uneven distribution.

'Is it that people aren't being helped to apply by their local authorities or the lottery distributors?', Mr Smith asked.
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