Committee of Public Accounts: Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report - Heritage Lottery Fund

Britain’s heritage is one of its most valuable national assets - and I’m pleased to see that the Heritage Lottery Fund has done much to support projects that preserve it.

But we must not be complacent. From 2009, the Fund will have to deal with its money being cut by a third each year largely as a consequence of Lottery funding of the Olympic Games. We must be alert to the danger that by looking to the future we may forget our past. The Fund will have to work hard to manage this reduced budget.

There is also still around £700 million sloshing around in the National Lottery Distribution Fund, although this balance has reduced in recent years. The Heritage Lottery Fund must work harder to help projects deliver more quickly and spend the money allotted to them.

Notes for Editors

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