Share

Lottery refund campaign to feature on tonight's Dispatches

Ben Wittenberg, DSC's director of policy and research
News

Lottery refund campaign to feature on tonight's Dispatches2

Fundraising | Tania Mason | 2 Jul 2012

The campaign spearheaded by the Directory of Social Change to convince the government to return the £425m it diverted from good causes to fund the Olympics could be given a fillip tonight after it is featured on Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.

The Dispatches programme is called Cashing in on the Games and apparently covers various things including the raid on National Lottery funding that forms the basis of the DSC’s campaign.

The DSC’s director of policy and research, Ben Wittenberg, has been interviewed and the producers have spoken to some charities too.

The programme is expected to show past footage of ministers pledging that the money would be returned to the sector at the end of this year’s Games.

It is also likely to feature sports minister John Penrose’s reply to a Parliamentary question in February this year, where he states that the lottery distributors should start to receive repayments “in the mid-2020s”.

Dozens of charities have signed up to the DSC’s Big Lottery Refund campaign including Mencap, Navca and Urban Forum.

Catherine Clark
Head of Communications, Marketing & Development
Royal School of Church Music
2 Jul 2012

The grammarian in me begs people to write 'persuade to' or 'convince of' but not 'convince to'. And yes, we should get that money back!

Carl Allen
2 Jul 2012

There must be a return.

But considering government's strapped for cash, what other assets might we ask for on a better than even return?

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Children's centre numbers fell by 800 after almost £500m of cuts, says Barnardo's

22 May 2015

Almost a quarter of children’s centres across the UK have been forced to close or merge as a result...

Sexual abuse charity to close after being overwhelmed with inquiries

21 May 2015

A child sexual abuse charity is set to close after it was overwhelmed with inquiries following the publicity...

Charities are being driven out of business by pension schemes, CFG tells DWP

20 May 2015

Skills for Logistics, a sector skills council charity, was driven into liquidation by its pension scheme...

Think carefully before changing your name, says free guide to rebranding

22 May 2015

Charities considering changing their name must first find out exactly what their staff, beneficiaries...

Homeless shelter investigated over ‘significant private benefit’ payments

22 May 2015

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a Bristol-based shelter after concerns were...

Clic Sargent chief executive to retire at the end of the year

21 May 2015

Clic Sargent chief executive Lorraine Clifton, has announced that she will retire at the end of the year...

Marie Curie grows visitor time and donor numbers online by a quarter after digital relaunch

22 May 2015

Marie Curie set out to improve its use of digital after realising that it was “limiting its future”...

Amnesty trials virtual reality headsets for street fundraisers

21 May 2015

Amnesty International UK has given street fundraisers virtual reality headsets so they can show the public...

Review programme launched to help charity sector embrace digital technology

20 May 2015

A review programme has been launched by think tank NPC to assess how to improve access to digital technology...

Join the discussion

Twitter button

@CSFundraising