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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Latest news

Anger at £150m Olympic funding 'broken promise'
See our comment in the Daily Star on Sunday

Charities angry at failure to repay £425 million lost to Olympics budget
See our comment in the Guardian.

House of Lords Committee publish Legacy report: see the report here and our response here.

Olympic bosses sorted paid millions while charities wait: see our comment in the Daily Star on Sunday.

Olympic Legacy is a write-off as assets plunge: see this piece (which we think questions the validity of the Government's promise to repay from asset sales.)

Small sports clubs struggle while money diverted to elite athletes: see our comment in the Daily Star on Sunday.

We appeared on BBC News to talk about the impact of the campaign - watch here.

What was the Olympic Legacy in Wales? We spoke to ITV Wales to let them know how charities are faring - watch here.

Government publishes Olympic Legacy Report - See the wide-ranging report here.

See page 58 for a discussion of the Spirit of 2012 Trust and see our analysis of why this is not new money.

Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport, recently announced an underspend of £528 million on the Olympics – which he announced would be going to the Treasury – see his statement to Parliament here

We want our share of the £528m Olympic surplus now, say charities
The Telegraph, 17 July 2013

Public Accounts Committee concerned lottery good causes have no influence over sale of Olympic assets
Parliament.UK, 19 April 2013







Olympic sales! Positive news but still a long way to go!

It has been over two years since the launch of London 2012. It is one year since we were assured of a partial refund of £148 million, of which £79m was paid back in July this year. The Government says the remaining £69m of the assured £150m is also on its way from the sale of the Athlete's Village.

This is fantastic news and shows how positive action can make a real difference!

However, this £148m is unrelated to the £425m that should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund (click here for more information).

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!

News coverage

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