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Lottery Cash Helped Gypsies

Last Updated: Tuesday 11th August 2009, 08:46 am

Lottery Pounds The Daily Mail newspaper is today claiming that £5 million of National Lottery cash has been mismanaged and sent to help gypsy and traveller communities and flout planning laws. The cash, provide by the Big Lottery fund is meant to help good causes they have claimed but has gone to advising gypsy and Roma groups on how to set up illegal camp and get benefits here in the UK.

The money, meant for National Lottery good causes went to many organisations that helped the Roma community such as the change to meet with town planners and advice on accommodation and benefits.

The lottery grants total £4.7 million handed out by the Big Lottery Fund to twenty-six separate traveller organisations and charities and many believe that with gypsy sites doubling over the past two years it is not money well spent.

A spokesman for the National Lottery has stated that the Big Lottery Fund does not exclude any minority group from applying for funding and the amount given to these organisations only total 0.2 % of the fund’s good cause funding.

It’s an interesting story and just shows the sort of cash your lottery tickets generate for good causes, of course with the lottery good causes organisations not being voted in we have to trust that they are doing the right thing with our money. Naturally that is going to mean that sometimes some of us don’t agree on where that money is going.

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