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Fifty-seven disadvantaged communities in England and Scotland will today ...
Fifty-seven disadvantaged communities in England and Scotland will today

benefit from fair share - a ground-breaking new lottery scheme.

In all, nearly£169m will be given across the UK to enable areas to

catch up with their fair share of lottery funding.

The joint Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund scheme is the first-ever

from the lottery distributors to ring-fence funding for deprived areas.

The Community Fund will channel£80m and the New Opportunities Fund

£88.75m into UK fair share areas which have been identified as

combining high levels of disadvantage together with a poor track record in

accessing lottery funding from all the lottery good causes.

The areas of England and Scotland benefiting from the funding are announced

today, with further areas in Wales being announced on Monday.

The secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Tessa Jowell will

announce the 51 England areas that will benefit from the£168.75m

UK-wide programme this morning.

'The lottery is an integral part of the life of communities right across the

country. But it has not served some as well as it might. Fair share will

begin to address that imbalance and I hope that the towns and areas that

have been selected will make good and imaginative use of the cash they will

receive. Many of these places buy large numbers of lottery tickets. I am

very pleased that they will now be able to enjoy the investment that the

lottery makes,' said Tessa Jowell.

The Community Fund will devise local plans to deliver the initiative to

regional communities. The New Opportunities Fund is developing its side of

the scheme through a mix of short term projects to improve the environment

of local neighbourhoods and small and medium grants over a longer period, up

to 10 years.

Jill Pitkeathley, chair of the New Opportunities Fund, outlined the

focus of the fair share programme: 'This new scheme fits in strongly with

the New Opportunities Fund's agenda of social inclusion and commitment to

targeting social disadvantage across the areas of health, education and environment. We are looking forward to working with the Community Fund to channel money into areas which have missed out on previous lottery funding.'

Diana Brittan, chair of the Community Fund said: 'Fair share presents a new

challenge to lottery distributors - and a new opportunity. We can try

different ways of working to find the most effective methods of getting

lottery funds into those areas which have so far not benefited. What we

learn in these areas we may be able to apply elsewhere for the benefit of

other under-represented communities.'

Areas in England that will benefit from the fair share scheme:

East Basildon

Great Yarmouth





East Midlands Ashfield



London Barking & Dagenham



Waltham Forest

North East Blyth Valley




North West Blackpool



Ellesmere Port and Neston








St Helens



West Lancashire



South East Portsmouth


South West Bournemouth

North Somerset


West Midlands Dudley



Telford and Wrekin


Yorkshire and Humberside Barnsley


Kingston upon Hull


North East Lincolnshire




Six Scottish local authority areas will receive a share of the£169m Fair Share lottery initiative - Glasgow, Dundee, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, North and South Lanarkshire.

These areas were specifically targeted by the lottery distributors on the basis of disadvantage, combined with low levels of lottery funding from previous allocations.

Social justice minister, Iain Gray and minister of state for Scotland, George Foulkes said that Scotland deserves its fair share of the cash to improve peoples lives in disadvantaged areas.

Mr Gray said:

'I welcome this joint initiative from the Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund targeting money towards communities in six areas of Scotland. The allocation will complement the Executive's existing KickStart programme and funding for Councils of Voluntary Service (CVS). This initiative will improve peoples lives in disadvantaged areas by funding projects that help build communities and bring people together.'

Mr Foulkes said:

'The Community and New Opportunities Funds are an excellent example of UK organisations delivering real benefits for the people of Scotland. Since their inception, the CF and NOF have made awards totalling around£320m in Scotland. The Fair Share lottery initiative will ensure that the benefits of Lottery funding reach the areas of Scotland where they can do most good. It is another example of resources being targeted to where they can make most impact.'

A total of£14.95m will be made available in Scotland over the next three years. Six local authority areas in Scotland will receive money from the Fair Share lottery initiative including Glasgow, Dundee, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, North and South Lanarkshire.

The UK wide, joint Communities Fund/New Opportunities Fund group carried out a modelling exercise for selecting areas to be targeted across the UK. For Scotland, the Area Deprivation Index was used, and reference was made to the recent Better Neighbourhood Services Fund deprivation measure. Funding data from lottery distributors was analysed as far as possible to include only grants with a community benefit. The amount of funding per capita for each local authority area was then calculated. In addition, there was a recognition that there should be a rural/urban mix and coverage of lottery priority funding areas such as coalfields.

The KickStart programme aims to develop the skills, knowledge and capacity of local voluntary and community groups in relation to a range of funding and project related issues. KickStart development workers will work with the 34 area based social inclusion partnerships.


1) The launch of the programme is planned for spring 2002.

2) In May 2001 the government announced that two National Lottery

distribution bodies (New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund) would

work together to support deprived areas of the UK which have not received

their fair share of lottery money.

3) The New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund selected the fair

share areas from across the UK on the basis of deprivation and low levels of

lottery funding - across all the National Lottery distributors. The Index of

Multiple Deprivation 2000 has been used to determine the levels of

deprivation of areas. This approach is recommended by the Government's

Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and provides the most up-to-date measure. All the

districts selected for fair share contain at least one ward amongst the 10%

most deprived.

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