The Government is seeking views on a number of proposed policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
Following the transfer of policy responsibility for BIG from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to the Cabinet Office, the consultation document sets out the Government's view that BIG is restricted in its ability to distribute funds and proposes a series of new policy directions for the Fund.
Responding to the consultation, Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the BIG Lottery Fund said:
"Now more than ever BIG must be responsive to the evolving needs of the communities we serve. I anticipate that pressure on Lottery budgets will continue to increase and we want to ensure we intelligently address the needs of our communities and those most in need. We very much welcome today's announcement by the Cabinet Office of its 12-week consultation on proposed new policy directions for the Fund and look forward to the outcome."
Views are invited from a range of stakeholders including the voluntary and community sector, social enterprises and other government departments.
A summary of views expressed will be published in January 2012 in conjunction with the overall Government response to the consultation.
For further information and to respond to the consultation, visit: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/big-lottery-fund-consultation-proposed-policy-directions.
Deadline: Friday 18 November 2011