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Investigation: National Lottery funding for good causes

An investigation into the fall in National Lottery income for good causes in 2016-17. It reviews the trends in total National Lottery sales and income for good causes, focusing on the six distributors with the largest share of National Lottery income and the way they have managed the balances within the National Lottery Distribution Fund.

13 December 2017

Published:
13 Dec 2017
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Maintaining the Occupied Royal Palaces

“For a number of years, the grant given to run and maintain the Royal Palaces has been static – and has fallen significantly in real terms. The Royal Household is making efforts to be more efficient in how it uses its funds, but there is no measure of how effectively the Palaces are being maintained. The Royal Household and Department for Culture, Media and Sport need to develop a way of measuring the condition of the estate over time, so that the Department has confidence that the future of these national assets is secure.”

Published:
10 Dec 2008
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Making grants efficiently in the culture, media and sport sector

“Grants awarded in the culture, media and sport sector support a diverse range of programmes, from funding education schemes for children to getting more people involved in sport. Grant-makers do, however, need to get a better handle on the costs and efficiency of their grant making if they are to demonstrate that as much of the money as possible goes into cultural and sporting activities rather than on administrative overheads.”

Published:
22 May 2008
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Managing National Lottery Distribution Fund balances

“Balances held in the National Lottery Distribution Fund are not delivering the intended benefits in the community. Although the balances have started to fall, there is scope to reduce them further and those distributors with the largest balances, in particular the Heritage Lottery Fund and the New Opportunities Fund, can make the biggest contribution. However the Department for Culture, Media and Sport also has a role in helping distributors to manage effectively the opportunities and risks in seeking to reduce balances.”

Published:
21 Jul 2004

Millennium Commission Accounts 1999-2000

Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office, today reported to Parliament on the 1999-2000 account of the Millennium Commission, without qualifying his audit opinion on those accounts. The full text of his report is attached.

Published:
13 Nov 2000