Lottery White Paper claims to give game back to the people

The Government's proposal in last week's lottery White Paper to give the public more say in grants is unlikely to damage less popular causes, according to a charity for asylum seekers.

Maurice Wren, co-ordinator of Asylum Aid, which helps refugees apply for asylum in the UK, said: "There is a residual fear of losing out, but in reality we are quite relaxed about it. What we do not accept is that the population at large do not support work with asylum seekers, although they may be averse to the lurid depictions of our work."

The White Paper said the new distributor from the merger of the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund would have to take account of the public's view through citizens' juries, tick-box consultation slips and even televised referendums.

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