The Government has promised a 12-week consultation with the voluntary sector over the nature of the new lottery distributor, which will be formed following the merger of the Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund.
In answer to a Parliamentary question tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders, Richard Caborn, minister of state in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said: "We shall consult further with the voluntary sector and other interested parties before determining the nature of the new body.
"Proposals emerging from these discussions will be included in a White Paper later this year, which would provide a 12-week consultation period."
Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, commented: "We expect that the consultation with the sector will include the opportunity to examine the business case for the merger itself as well as the form of the proposed body."
- See Leader, p17.