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The Big Lottery Fund launches consultation on new strategy

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a consultation on their new strategy: Your Voice: Our Vision which runs until the end of July 2014. BIG is expected to distribute £4 billion between 2015 and 2021.

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a consultation on their new strategy: Your Voice: Our Vision which runs until the end of July 2014. BIG is expected to distribute £4 billion between 2015 and 2021.

With the election year of 2015 looming and the current climate of cuts and austerity, there has never been a better time for the Big Lottery Fund to set out a new, clear strategy for the future, which will hopefully be grounded in its original value and independent approach.

DSC has always believed that the fundamental aim of the Big Lottery Fund is to fund charities and community groups in order for them to address the needs of their local community. The revenue comes from communities and it should be used to benefit them at the local, grassroots level in addition to core public expenditure.

The other lottery good causes of sports, arts and heritage are of course important, but the community part (the Big Lottery Fund) has the widest reach and application across the UK's communities. It has also been the bit most abused by politicians most notably when the last Government raided £425 million from it to help fund the Olympics infrastructure, much of which is now scandalously being handed to the private sector to their benefit.

The big question is, how and what should it fund in the future? It is essential that the Big Lottery Fund remains committed to supporting communities and people most in need by continuing to provide accessible, demand led funding to the grassroots. This funding is even more vital now as councils cut funding programmes and charitable trusts come under greater strain.

It's now your chance to have a say in what will be funded. This consultation gives community and voluntary organisations the chance to have their say in strategy and make their opinion count. The views of charitable organisations will help Big consider their role as a funder and shape its vision and plans from 2015 to 2021. £4 billion is at stake! So get involved and make your voice heard loud and clear! Join the conversation here.

For more information on the on the schemes that the Big Lottery Fund offers, please follow this link.

Source: http://www.dsc.org.uk/PolicyandResearch/News/Howwouldyouspend4billionpounds