Six months on from Olympics and still no refund of lottery cash

first_img Howard Lake | 13 February 2013 | News Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Funding Law / policy Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The closing ceremony at the London Olympics took place six months ago, but still there is no sign that the Government will make good its promised refund of lottery cash to charities, according to the Directory of Social Change (DSC).The organisation’s Big Lottery Refund campaign aims to secure £425 million of the money taken from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for the London Olympics, and therefore diverted from charitable good causes across the UK. It has issued a dummy invoice to the Government for the outstanding sum marked “6 months overdue”. Over 3300 charities have now joined the Big Lottery Refund campaign. £150m offered in 2014DSC’s Chief Executive Debra Allcock Tyler said: “It is increasingly clear that hundreds of millions in the Olympic budget remain unspent. There is a clear moral case for the swift return of these funds to the lottery good causes which sacrificed to make the Games a success. Depriving communities and vulnerable people of vital support during these difficult times amounts to moral theft and cannot continue. The government needs to pay back the money that was borrowed now.”Sports Minister Hugh Robertson recently stated that up to £150 million in lottery cash taken for the Olympics could be returned to the lottery distributors in 2014. DSC argues that this is not enough and not soon enough.Supporters of the campaign are invited to download the ‘overdue invoice’ for £425 million and send it to the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Culture Secretary.www.biglotteryrefund.org.uk  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Six months on from Olympics and still no refund of lottery cash AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Benteke: I can handle pressure

first_img The big Belgian was one of the stars of the Premier League last term despite Villa’s struggles, scoring 23 goals in all competitions. It looked like manager Paul Lambert would face a real battle to hold on to him this summer after he handed in a transfer request, but last month he retracted it and signed a new deal until 2017. Benteke has already scored five goals in pre-season, and he told avfc.co.uk: “I feel good, I feel really good. I expect myself to do better than last season. “As a striker, a lot of people are waiting for me. The fans are waiting for me. So the pressure is going to be bigger around me but this is football and I accept that. “I can take that. I am young. I am confident. This is part of football. You have to be able to handle this pressure. This is the life I have chosen so I am happy to take this on. I love it.” Villa battled against relegation for much of the season and looked in serious trouble, but a strong finish helped them to 15th place, five points clear of the bottom three. Benteke does not expect Villa to have similar struggles this campaign, adding: “The objective is to do better than last season. We have quality in the team. We have to try to do better. That’s our aim. “It was maybe a tough beginning last season but we finished well, so why not do something good this season.” Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has backed himself to better his performances of last season and insists he can handle the pressure of expectation.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more