help equip more communities and individuals across the country for
the future under plans announced last week, said culture secretary Chris Smith.
He was commenting on the prime minister's announcement that the
Opportunities Fund to be spent on cancer prevention, treatment and
care, green spaces and sustainable communities, and community access
to lifelong learning.
The money is in addition to the£200m announced last week
for the arts, sport, heritage and charities, and results from revised
forecasts of lottery income for good causes between now and 2001.
Mr Smith also confirmed that the arts, sport, heritage and
charities are each guaranteed 162/3 per cent of good cause lottery
proceeds after the current licence expires in 2001.
The share of lottery money currently given to the Millennium
Commission will, after 2001, go to NOF, giving it one third of the
overall good cause proceeds.
He also urged all lottery distributors to encourage volunteering
in the projects they support, reflecting the government's commitment
to the Giving Age. NOF initiatives will emphasise help for people who
are disabled or socially disadvantaged, especially in lifelong
Mr Smith said:
'I want more people than ever before to be able to share in the
success of the national lottery. This extra money will enable us to
invest in the things that matter most.
'At the same time we can also grasp the opportunity to improve
the quality of our lives by helping our enjoyment of leisure
activities like sport and the arts, protecting the buildings and open
spaces around us, and supporting local fund raising projects and
'The lottery has been so successful it is already transforming
the face of Britain. Now we can ensure it brings benefits to all our
A consultation paper setting out the new NOF initiatives will be
published in the next few weeks to gauge the public's views before
seeking parliamentary approval. It will propose three major new
- Spaces and Sustainable Communities
Help for urban and rural communities to understand, improve and
care for their natural and living environment. The main focus will be
on the creation, improvement or acquisition of green spaces,
particularly for children's play, or because of their environmental
or scenic importance.
Funding would also be available to encourage sustainable
communities, for example by making walking and cycling to school
safer, or using sustainable technologies such as solar panels.
prevention, detection, treatment and care
A new programme building on local fund-raising efforts to
provide equipment, improve access to screening and treatment, and
help individuals and families cope with the impact of cancer on their
- Access to lifelong learning
Help to provide a step-change in access to lifelong learning,
particularly by providing IT learning centres for the University for
Industry, by linking up the National Grid for Learning and local
libraries, and helping to bring adults back into learning.
To help realise the government's vision of the Giving Age, all
distributors are being challenged to work together in local
communities to encourage volunteers on Lottery projects. The National
Lottery Charities Board will have a key role in helping to address
gaps in the infrastructure for bringing volunteers and opportunities
for volunteering together through its strategic plan, on which it is