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If agreed by Parliament, this would re-balance the share of the lottery, restoring arts, heritage and sport shares to their original 20% each by 2012.

DCMS Consultation on National Lottery Shares

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29 July 2010

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently announced a consultation on the return of the lottery shares to their original causes.  

If agreed by Parliament, this would re-balance the share of the lottery, restoring arts, heritage and sport shares to their original 20% each by 2012.

This is a very positive move for the arts and it’s vital that Government hears directly about how the distinct benefits of additional lottery funding would help organisations to deliver work on the ground. Views of those in the sector are particularly valuable in light of the reductions to public funding that will be coming in future years, which will make the lottery contribution to the arts all the more important.  

The consultation proposes re-balancing lottery shares in two stages, returning 18% each to arts, heritage and sports by April 2011, and to 20% by April 2012. This would eventually reduce the share currently held by the Big Lottery Fund to 40%.

During the spending review, Arts Council England will take every opportunity to make the case for minimising reductions to public investment in the arts. Returning the lottery to its original causes, though a positive move, will not on its own mitigate the potential impact of larger scale public spending cuts, and ACE will continue to make that point. However, lottery funds remain an important part of the funding ecology, and so the case must be made for the increased share that, if delivered, this consultation will result in.

Details of the consultation can be found on the DCMS website at http://www.dcms.gov.uk/consultations/7070.aspx.

The consultation closes on 21 August.