and Holyrood are siphoning off lottery funds and denying Scottish charities
millions of pounds according to the Scottish Council for Voluntary
Sime, the organisation’s chief executive, claims that a combination of falling
ticket sales and increasing use of lottery funds for government programmes is
leading to a huge reduction in cash for Scotland’s charities.
resources available to the Community Fund for charities will fall across the UK
from £450m in 1999/00 to £250m next year – a drop of over 50 per cent.”
fears that further government control will separate the public’s connection
between buying a lottery ticket and contributing to good causes, thus reducing
sales and resources further.
are also critical of the New Opportunities Fund which now takes a third of all
lottery proceeds for good causes since the use of this money is strictly
pre-determined by the UK government.
This situation “stifles the scope for innovation and communities own
priorities” according to SCVO.
accused the government of underhand behaviour and said: “Through stealth and secrecy, government has
taken hold of the lottery and the resources it generates and has quite
shamelessly used it for its own purposes.”
is calling for a radical overhaul of the situation: “Lottery distribution policies must be open to a robust debate
about overall priorities – is it social justice, sustainable development or