Tories 'will return lottery to roots'

Nathalie Thomas

A Conservative government would restore National Lottery funding to its original form, shadow culture minister Hugo Swire has said.

The Conservatives want to return to the system used before the establishment of the Big Lottery Fund, in which lottery money was divided between four causes: charities, heritage, the arts and sport.

"The next Conservative government will put Lottery cash back where it belongs," Swire told last week's Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth.

"This will mean hundreds of millions of pounds extra for these good causes."

Swire also accused the Government of siphoning off more than £3bn of lottery money to support government spending.

Pete Moorey, parliamentary and campaigns manager at the NCVO, said he would support the move if it meant more money for the voluntary and community sector. "If it did, we'd obviously be supportive," he said. "But we'd have to look at what the breakdown between the sub-sectors would be."

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