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The Birmingham Post Comment: Lottery disparity.

The National Lottery is, of course, a huge gamble. You pay your pound, and as likely as not don't win a thing.

That much is accepted. It is all part of having a flutter.

The other end of the National Lottery pact, the distribution of money to 'good causes', is not supposed to be a game of chance. Indeed, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport says it is committed to helping areas around Britain that haven't previously benefited from the lottery.

That's news to people in Hall Green, Birmingham, who find themselves living in the least privileged part of the country as far as the award of lottery grants is concerned. Four other city constituencies also languish at the bottom of the grants table.

Part of the problem appears to be the complex bureaucracy surrounding lottery grant application forms, which militates against the small community-based organisations that the system is most supposed to assist.

Nine years after the lottery began, there is a clear disparity between regions and cities that have benefited from the system and those that have not. This is a matter of concern that the DCMS should investigate and put right without delay.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 12, 2003
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