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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Big Lottery Refund on ITV London

Our Policy Officer, Ciaran Price, was interviewed on ITV London about the campaign. You can watch the interview here.

Sadiq Khan replies to the Big Lottery Refund campaign

13 October 2016

The Mayor of London has replied to our letter asking him to support our campaign to get the Government to repay the £425m owed to communities.

We've been writing a few letters...

2 August 2016

Take a look here and download your own to send.

Olympic Stadium ripoff ‘hammers’ charities into the turf

15 April 2016

West Ham United and its owners are set to profit from the Olympic Stadium, which was effectively supported by tens of thousands of Britain's charities. Details of the deal have been released and we're calling on the Government to repay charities.

Budget 2016: a missed opportunity

17 March 2016

The Chancellor has once again failed to honour the government's debt to our communities.

Big Lottery grants under new threat from Government

23 November 2015

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.


What would a Big Lottery Refund mean for you?

We asked three charities what a difference a £10,000 grant from Big Lottery Fund would make to their beneficiaires....

Serena (Health Promotion Lead at Sahir House): what a Big Lottery Refund would mean for people affected by HIV

Nazira (IKWRO): what a Big Lottery Refund would mean for victims of gender-based violence

Katy (Malawi Foster Care): what a Big Lottery Refund would mean for orphaned children


Debra Allcock Tyler: My interest in West Ham United is not for the love of football

It's 10 years since the Big Lottery Fund was raided to pay for the Olympic Park, so why hasn't the money been repaid?

The London Paralympics - four years on, more progress is needed

Four years on from the London Olympic and Paralympic games, disability services are still under-resourced while the government withholds £425m of funding. Read more here.

What impact could a Big Lottery Refund of £425 million have on charities and communities?

We want to bring attention to the incredible work that charities acheive even with just a small grant from the Big Lottery Fund. We've drawn up a 'shopping list' to show just how much amazing impact a refund of £425m to the Big Lottery could have. What would you do with a Big Lottery grant?

UK charities urgently need the government to refund ‘borrowed’ Olympic lottery millions

6 August 2016

The Big Lottery Refund campaign says is calling on the government to repay the £425 millon owed to charities from the London Olympics as a matter of urgency.

With small charities facing rising demand and massive uncertainty in funding, this money is needed now more than ever.

We've written to the Prime Minister to highlight the urgency of the issue and the impact that a refund would have. Theresa May has previously said ‘every pound the Government choose to snaffle in that way is a pound that cannot go to help community groups’. We're calling on the Government to act on this now.

Our calls have already been highlighted by media including the Guardian and ITV News.

Read our press release here.


What do 3849, 1360, 425, 4 and 2 have in common?

No, it’s not a maths riddle or an episode of Countdown. Find out more here.

Here's the response the campaign received from the Treasury.


Big Lottery Ripoff averted following campaign

25 November 2015

In his Spending Review statement, George Osborne poured cold water on policy plans to slash the Big Lottery Fund (BLF), which had been leaked during the final weeks of the review.

In the weeks leading up to the Spending Review, an anonymous group called Save Big Lottery revealed plans to cut £320m from the Big Lottery Fund’s revenues, in order to redistribute funds to the arts, sports and heritage lottery distributors. This would have had devastating effects on the community groups and charities that depend on the Big Lottery.

In his speech, the Chancellor announced that Big Lottery ‘will continue to support the work of hundreds of small charities across Britain.’

This excellent news came after a campaign involving leading charities, including Big Lottery Refund supporters and the Directory of Social Change (DSC), had asked people to contact MPs to oppose the move.

THANK YOU for your support with the campaign to save the Big Lottery.

The Big Lottery is safe this time - now let's try and get back that £425m!

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