Sport and cultural projects under threat after cuts to lottery income – minister

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Sports and cultural jobs and projects in Scotland are being put under threat after sweeping cuts to National Lottery income for good causes, the Scottish Government said.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Minister for Sport Aileen Campbell have written to Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport calling for a recovery plan to offset the reductions.

They say there was a 14% cut in income between 2015/16 and 2016/17 and a further 4% cut in the first half of 2017/18.

National Lottery cash makes up nearly 40% of the total income of Creative Scotland and SportScotland.

Ms Campbell first wrote to Ms Bradley in March to raise her concerns, but said that after eight months she had yet to receive a reply.

She said: “I am deeply concerned at the UK Government’s lack of action to address this important issue.

“This huge fall in income puts the delivery of sport and cultural projects at risk, threatens jobs and could roll back some of the recent improvements we have seen in the physical activity levels of the people of Scotland.

“These year-on-year declines prove extremely challenging against the backdrop of continued austerity measures imposed by Westminster. It would be irresponsible of the UK Government to make no attempt to offset the reductions in lottery income.

“We encourage them to develop a recovery plan that sets out the action to address the reductions and therefore mitigate against the impact to these sectors in Scotland and across the rest of the UK.”

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