The Conservative Party has today published proposals to "end political interference" in the way lottery funds are distributed to good causes.
The National Lottery was established by John Major's Government to support non-core areas of government expenditure that are none the less vital for the quality of the nation’s life. Since its establishment the Lottery has raised over £20bn for good causes that would not otherwise have received funding. However, since 1998 the Labour Government has diverted £3.8bn away from the good causes and into areas of Government responsibility.
The reforms could release an additional £182m per year for good causes which could pay for:
*74 swimming pools (25m) OR
*173 athletic tracks (6 lane) OR
*3000 grass football pitches OR
*53 regional theatres OR
*The urgent repair bills for all cathedrals OR
*The urgent repair bills for the 16 most at risk historic houses OR
*Restoring the funding to organisations under threat from Arts Council cuts.
As I rarely win a bean, I would prefer to see any of the above make good use of the profit from my lottery tickets!