Big Lottery Fund head says its cut in lottery share should be offset by more ticket sales

BLF will have "between £600m and £650m to commit every year", says Peter Wanless

Peter Wanless
Peter Wanless

Increased lottery ticket salesare likely to compensate for the reduction in the share of good causes money going to the Big Lottery Fund, according to Peter Wanless, its chief executive.

The BLF’s share of the National Lottery Distribution Fund will be reduced from 46 per cent to 40 per cent on 1 April.

It will be the second time in 12 months that the BLF’s proportion of funding has been reduced as part of a plan by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to restore to their original amounts the proportion of money going to the four lottery good causes. Last year the BLF’s share fell from 50 per cent to 46 per cent.

The amount awarded to sport, arts and heritage will increase from 16.6 per cent to 20 per cent each.

Wanless said the reduction in the lottery share to the BLF, which gives 90 per cent of its funding to voluntary organisations, should be offset by strong ticket sales.

According to the lottery operator Camelot, ticket sales have increased by 20.4 per cent since 2002.

"We’re going to have between £600m and £650m to commit every year in the future unless the government does something to us," he told last week’s Funding the Future conference in London, organised by the fundraising consultancy Action Planning.

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