No assurances on additionality

Nathalie Thomas

The voluntary sector has received no further assurances about the 'additionality' principle in the National Lottery Bill, after the standing committee failed last week to pass a clause requiring the Government to issue additionality guidance.

Tabled by Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, the clause would have required the Secretary of State to issue guidance to lottery distributors on "the distinction between core central government expenditure and lottery funding", among other things.

The clause was eventually withdrawn following resistance from Richard Caborn, the lottery minister.

Caborn said the question of additionality - relating to assurances that lottery funding will not be used as a replacement for government funding - was of little concern to the public.

The Government's response during standing committee has been met with considerable frustration in the sector.

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