true people's lottery, culture secretary Chris Smith has said.
Speaking at the Lottery Monitor Conference in London, Mr Smith
said that legislation to be introduced later this year will give the
'The lottery should now be more about people and less about buildings. We are already giving a new emphasis to this in the existing good causes. But we also want lottery money to help in other key areas that the people are concerned about - health, education and the environment. I share their concern. That is why I want to see lottery money being used to make a difference, to attack targeted areas of need and produce significant improvement, particularly in areas of disadvantage around the country. The£1bn New Opportunities Fund will provide new opportunities for all.'
The new fund - which will become the sixth good cause to be supported by the national lottery - will give grants to three initiatives:
IT training for teachers and librarians, out-of-school-hours activities including homework clubs, and a core network of healthy living centres.
The fund itself will be a small, strategically-focused body covering the whole of the UK, closely in touch with partner organisations to design and deliver the initiatives to meet the needs in each sector, and different to the existing good causes by not funding a single sector.
It will have a rolling programme of tightly-defined and targeted
initiatives within the three sectors of health, education and the
environment; these to be determined by the government after wide
Mr Smith also revealed that hundreds of organisations had responded to the recent consultation on the Lottery White Paper - groups as varied as the British Canoe Union and the Coronary Prevention Group had contributed to the government's thinking.
Mr Smith made it clear that the 'additionality principle'
remained fundamental in the government's thinking:
'As with all lottery funding, the new opportunities fund will
only support initiatives additional to core programmes funded from
taxation. The government has a strong and abiding commitment to the
principle of additionality. That means that lottery funding will not
be used for core areas like NHS beds or school buildings but will
focus on innovative and desirable initiatives beyond.'
1. The White Paper, The People's Lottery, was published on 21 July
1997 (DCMS News Releases 006 and 007). It is available from TSO
bookshops, price£6.80 (ISBN 0-10-137092-X).
2. The government plan to create a sixth Good Cause. The New
Opportunities Fund will fund spending on specific health, education
and, in due course, environmental initiatives beyond core spending
programmes financed through taxation. Lottery funding will launch
projects which will help give Britain a flying start into the new
The first three initiatives to be funded by the people's lottery will
training and support for the nation's 500,000 teachers and some
10,000 librarians in the effective use of information and
communications technology (ICT), out of school hours activities including homework clubs involving half of all secondary schools and a quarter of all primary schools, and a core network of healthy living centres.
Lottery money will also go towards creating a National Endowment for
Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) to foster talent and
creativity and create a lasting legacy for the next century.