Department for Culture, Media and Sport: National Lottery funding of good causes

The National Lottery was launched in 1994 and generates over £1.6 billion per year for good causes. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport sets lottery policy and one if its arm’s length bodies, the Gambling Commission, regulates the National Lottery operator Camelot. In 2016-17 income from National Lottery sales available to good causes has fallen by some 12% compared to 2015-16.

This investigation looks at trends in income for good causes flowing from the National Lottery and the research undertaken to determine the reasons for these trends. It looks at the information on likely future lottery income made available to lottery distributors, such as Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund, to enable them to plan and manage their future funding programmes. It also compares lottery funding available to the lottery distributors against their future funding commitments and looks at what scenario planning they have undertaken should the current reduction in lottery income be sustained.

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