The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has backed an amendment to the National Lottery Bill tabled by the Liberal Democrats and is calling on the Government to endorse it.
The amendment, submitted by Liberal Democrat MPs Don Foster MP and Jo Swinson, addresses the contentious issue of additionality, or how to ensure that Lottery funds aren’t used as substitutes for services that are and should be funded by the government.
The amendment requires the Culture Secretary to issue ./guidance to lottery distributors on how it allocates funds to good causes. The ./guidance would call on lottery distributors to make a distinction between core central government expenditure and lottery funding; local government expenditure and lottery funding and also seeks to ensure that lottery funding is allocated free from political interference.
NCVO is keen to see that the principle of additionality is upheld. The issue has taken on increased importance in light of the decision to create a new single ‘good cause’ for the distributor, The Big Lottery Fund (BLF), which makes allocations to charitable expenditure, health, education, and the environment. These areas also fall within government expenditure so it is important that a distinction is maintained between lottery funding and funding for activities that should be paid for through general taxation.
Stuart Etherington, NCVO Chief Executive said: “This amendment would ensure that all lottery distributors have to consider whether their funding is free from political interference and distinct from core government expenditure.” He called on the government to support it.
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