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26.05.2016 - Big Lottery Fund consultation

The Cabinet Office is seeking views on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds in England, Isle of Man and UK-wide funding programmes.

The Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) is the UK’s largest single distributor of National Lottery money, responsible for distributing 40% of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. It is the single largest funder of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector across the UK, and as such supports charities and civil society organisations in tackling many kinds of disadvantage and in building strong and vibrant local communities.

Existing policy directions for the Fund’s distribution of money in England and for UK-wide programmes have not been revised since 2012 and now need to be updated. Since 2012 there has been a change of Government and the Fund has also published a new Strategic Framework, after its own extensive public consultation throughout 2014. It is appropriate that both sets of new priorities are therefore reflected in the policy directions when they are issued to the Fund, with the intention that these should remain relevant and helpful at least for the remainder of this Parliament.

The key questions being asked are:

  • Is there anything set out in these directions that the Big Lottery Fund should not be doing?
  • Is there anything else the Big Lottery Fund should be doing, not covered by these directions?
  • What is your view of the Fund's international work?

After all the responses have been considered the Cabinet Office will consult the Fund again on how best to amend the directions, before issuing a final version to the Fund in autumn 2016.

The deadline for responses is 12 August 2016.

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