Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne was at Alderman Quilley School of engineering today to help celebrate the funding of the new sports hall with Lottery cash and to urge more local projects to bid for funding. He was accompanied Regional Lottery Chief Alison Rowe to meet keen basketball playing pupils and head teacher Richard Kelly.
Chris Huhne said:
“The Big Lottery Fund’s investment of £1.3 million in the Quilley sports hall shows what can be done to help local communities. The hall benefits not just the pupils but also many local community groups who use it in the evening and at weekends”.
“I am keen to get local groups to apply for funding for good projects and activities, as the lottery still generates lots of cash for good causes”.
Alison Rowe, Big Lottery Fund head of region for the South East, said:
“Over £50 million of Big Lottery Fund cash has been channeled into first class sports facilities across the South East, giving thousands of people new opportunities to get active and participate in a wide range of sports not previously available to them.
According to the Big Lottery Fund website, only 14% of the money raised through Lottery sales is distributed to projects like the Quilley sports hall. Over £9 million worth of tickets must have been sold in order to have raised the £1.3 million the project needed
Research by the public think tank Theos published last August has shown manual workers and the unemployed are significantly more likely to play the National Lottery than those in the top managerial, professional careers and supervisory and clerical posts
“The old argument that the National Lottery is a ‘tax’ on the poor… may have some justification” the think tank concluded.
Can you think of a fairer and more efficient way to raise funds for social projects other than by a privately run lottery?