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FEARS THAT LOTTERY FUNDS WILL BE USED TO PLUG WELFARE GAPS

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The National Lottery's charities board announced yesterday it would fund health, education and housing schemes, rep...
The National Lottery's charities board announced yesterday it would fund health, education and housing schemes, reports The Guardian (p1).

But growing unease is reported by the paper that lottery funding of services such as help for disabled people, support for carers and 'accommodation for people in need' could prompt central and local government to withdraw existing support.

The board's chief executive Timothy Hornsby told the paper: 'What we would hope to do is to fund the kind of proposal which is additional, which is voluntary and for which there is no legal requirement for state provision.'

The board says it has assurances from Whitehall departments that its grants will not replace existing government funding, The Guardian.
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