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LONDON DOMINATES LOTTERY FUND AWARDS

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Vast inequalities between the amount of Lottery money won by councils have been exposed in a study of awards made o...
Vast inequalities between the amount of Lottery money won by councils have been exposed in a study of awards made over the past three years.

Analysis by Lottery Monitor, which provides regular data on National Lottery grants, shows that London councils are the main beneficiaries. They have gained more than 26% of all awards between 1995 and 1997 while serving less than 12% of the UK's population.

Big losers include the rest of the south east, which has nearly a 6% shortfall between its Lottery allocation and its population, and the East Midlands.

Westminster City Council attracted more than£347 million in Lottery awards over the three years, which works out at nearly£2,000 per head of population. In contrast, North East Derbyshire DC received£271,566, just£2.78 a head.

But Lottery Monitor points out that the preponderance of national institutions in London helps to explain the imbalance in awards.

There is now a strong trend away from large grants for major capital projects to smaller grants and more revenue funding.

Councils with dedicated Lottery departments have received more than the average per head figure for all authorities, although there are also many above-average achievers among those that lobby for Lottery money within existing departmental structures.

The Lottery Monitor helpline is 01723 271 745.

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