Tag Archives: Big Lottery Fund

We need our Big Lottery Refund!


Last week, Crawley MP Henry Smith used his website to encourage his constituents to apply for the Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund. This opportunity exists across the UK. The fund consists of £3M of which one allocation will be £1M and … Continue reading

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Let us have our money back – now


In 2007 the Labour Government sought to pay for the ballooning cost of the 2012 Olympic Games, and unexpectedly ‘borrowed’ £425M from Big Lottery funds, set aside for good causes. This was in addition to the £213M which the Government … Continue reading

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Another Big Society mess you’ve got into?


As I have written previously in this space, the tension between Politics and Charities is at something of a peak following the enaction of the Lobbying Bill in January and recent challenges to charitable impartiality by Conservative MPs or their staff … Continue reading

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Dear Sajid


Congratulations on your new promotion, you must be thrilled. Whilst you will have plenty of ideas of your own for your new role, I wondered if I could add a suggestion for your early attention. The news that you have … Continue reading

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500 Days and counting


500 days ago, the London 2012 games finished and the £425M that the Government borrowed from the Big Lottery came due, based on promises they made at the time the funds were sequestered. Perhaps in the season of goodwill Maria … Continue reading

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A Boxing Day Surprise?


According to this mornings news, Maria Miller is planning to meet later today with the leaders of a number of Sports bodies to discuss how their organisations can reduce the impact of spot fixing. This follows on from allegations of spot fixing … Continue reading

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Another year older


Exactly a year ago we all woke up, knowing that London 2012 had been a great success and whilst there were things we could be cynical and critical about, that the end result was a great one. There were bound to be a few … Continue reading

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Its time to balance the books


                o The similarity between David Copperfields Mr Micawber and David Camerons Eric Pickles in theory at least goes beyond the visual similarity in the images above. According to the words written for Uriah Heaps Clerk, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual … Continue reading

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On the route from London to Rio


The news reports from Brazil in the last few days have reflected something of a transition, to my ears at least. The voices that our media have captured as they attempt to explain the  unrest on the Streets have distilled down … Continue reading

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#EDM747 and why it matters to all of us


I first wrote about Early Day Motion 747 at the end of 2012, you can read that blog here. The EDM is a simple request by back bench MPs asking the Government to repay its debt to the Big Lottery Fund. According to … Continue reading

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