Lottery fund starts website to engage public in decisions

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a website this week to encourage the public to have a say in how the National Lottery spends its cash.

The fund says local organisations and communities are in the best position to see where National Lottery money should be spent.

Fund spokesman Hugh Thomas denied the forum is a response to recent negative publicity on the way some money has been used. Rather, he insisted, it is an example of how the fund is implementing the Government's requirement that it should involve the public more.

A spokesman for the DCMS said the public must "remain engaged with the lottery if it is to be a success".

Suggestions can be posted online at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/consultationforum.

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