Where's Our Big Lottery Refund? £425 million raided from our communities: We want it back
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Did you know the Government raided £425 million from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for the 2012 Olympics?

The Big Lottery Fund supports charitable projects that help communities and people in need across the UK. £425 million could have funded over 10,000 charities!

We’re proud of the Olympics, but it wasn’t right to fund them this way. We demand that the £425 million is paid back to the Big Lottery Fund immediately, now that the Olympics are over.

The clock is ticking!

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We want to hear from you!

Have you lost out on Lottery funding because this money was taken? We want to hear your story. Let's make the government listen and get this money returned. Get in touch now by emailing biglotteryrefund@dsc.org.uk


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Latest news

Danger of default on Government Olympic debt as campaigners mark 'three year anniversary of shame'
12 August 2015

It's three years since the Olympics closed - but the debt to Big Lottery Fund still hasn't been repaid and the Government is dragging its heels.

Campaigners demand a response from the Culture Secretary
8 August 2015

We wrote to John Whittingdale MP, the Culture Secretary, to remind him of the £425 million owed to charities. We urge him to respond.

Government misses its last chance: Budget 2015
18 March 2015

The Chancellor missed his last opportunity to commit to repayment before the general election.


ACT NOW - your Big Lottery Fund grants are under threat from Government

Shockingly, the Government is set to raid YOUR lottery money again - and this time, it could be even worse.

There are credible reports that the Government is planning to slash £320 million a year from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) in the Autumn 2015 Spending Review. These massive cuts of 40% of BLF's annual spending would have devastating effects on communities across the UK.

PLEASE ACT NOW – help to save this vital source of funding for charities and voluntary groups in every community across the UK.

Contact your MP today and let them know why the Big Lottery Fund is so important to you and that its funding must be retained. Tell your MP to tell Ministers to get their HANDS OFF the Big Lottery Fund!

Here’s how:

  • Find your MP’s contact details here
  • Email or write to them and…
    • Tell them why this is so important to you and your community
    • Tell them to raise this urgently with George Osborne, David Cameron, John Whittingdale (Culture Minister) and Rob Wilson (Minister for Civil Society) – remind them that the lottery money is not theirs to spend!
    • Tell them to oppose this move and get involved in the Parliamentary debate on Tuesday 24th November.

We need your support now – let’s show the Government that they cannot get away with this.
The Big Lottery Fund must be protected for those who need it most!


1,000 days since our money was taken! We want it back!

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The campaign carries on...

Our campaign is ongoing - we are not giving up on getting the full £425m returned to the Big Lottery Fund!

Check out our How you can help page now to write to Ministers to get a commitment refund the rest and give it back to small charities!

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