FUNDRAISING NEWS: Scottish body calls for Government to leave Lottery alone

The Government must keep its hands off lottery money, the head of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has warned. Speaking at the recent third annual Scottish lottery conference, SCVO chief executive Martin Sime raised concerns that the cherished principle of lottery funding not replacing public funding was being breached.

"What now seems to be happening is that ministers use lottery money instead of their own service budgets,

said Sime. "Lottery cash should never have been used for cancer screening equipment."

Also speaking at the conference, Scottish minister Elaine Murray urged delegates to contribute to the review of lottery funding by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

"Engaging stakeholders directly in identifying a way forward and developing a framework for real public ownership will ensure that lottery funding directly benefits people and communities across Scotland,

said Murray.

The deadline for contributions to the review is 30 October.

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