Energy companies return money to the Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund has received £43m from energy companies returning lottery money in order to receive other government funds

The Big Lottery Fund has received a £43m windfall from energy companies, it announced today.

The BLF said the cash came back to the organisation after energy companies were promised further government funds if they returned previously granted lottery money.

The windfall comes as the funder announced its strategy for the next six years. Peter Wanless, chief executive of the BLF, said the money had not yet been allocated and there was no timetable for distributing it, but he hoped it would be spent on creating volunteering opportunities and supporting debt advice charities.

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