Petition demands end to Olympic lottery raids

A petition to demand the Government diverts no more National Lottery money to pay for the 2012 Olympics has been started by a network of funding advisers.

The Government took £638m from lottery funds last year to pay for the rising costs of the games.

George – the South West Funding Advisers Forum, a network for funding advisers in south-west England, has set up the petition on the Number 10 website to try to prevent further money being lost.

The petition reads: "Lottery funds should benefit the voluntary and community sector, not the Government. Lottery funds are diminishing and the voluntary sector is suffering from a lack of investment opportunities."

Anna Hoyle, vice-chair of George, said: "Despite promises from the Government to the contrary, the recent cut in this year's lottery funding shows that the Government's raids on the lottery to fund the 2012 Olympics are having a detrimental impact on community projects."

The petition, which runs until April, can be found here.

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