Lottery raids 'will not happen again'

Peter Wanless, the chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, has said he does not anticipate any more lottery money being diverted to the London Olympics.

"Assurances have been made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Commons," Wanless told Third Sector. "There was an almighty fuss the last time it happened. I'm relying on these things to make sure it doesn't happen again."

A total of £2.175bn of lottery cash has been transferred to the Olympics on two occasions, the first of which was described as a "straightforward raid" by the Culture, Media and Sport select committee in 2004.

However, when the Government pushed through the second transfer this year, James Purnell, then the culture secretary, promised there would be no third raid.


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