Charities Anger over lottery’s school meals cash

Voluntary sector chiefs have written to the Big Lottery Fund
requesting documents under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
about how a decision to fund the government’s school meals
initiative was made.

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations has
reacted angrily at the Big Lottery Fund giving £45m to the
School Food Trust.

Chief executive Stephen Bubb said: “This is a completely improper
use of lottery money to support a government initiative.”

He said the association had written to lottery chair Sir Clive
Booth asking for an explanation of the decision and proof that it
was made without government interference.

Last week, the Big Lottery Fund announced the funding framework for
2005-9. Children’s play will get £155m, environmental
programmes will receive £354m, well-being programmes
£165m and international grants £60m.

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