Arts lottery cash plummets

Lottery money going to good causes fell by £76.7m in the first quarter of this year which will be knocked on to funding for the arts and heritage via Arts Council England the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 18% drop follows a slump in lottery ticket sales. Camelot, which runs the lottery, admitted that the 2016-17 features were well short of expectations and that a further decline expected in 2017/18.

Since its inception in 1994 the Lottery has given more than £37 billion to good causes through the National Lottery Distribution Fund, and the benefit to the arts had steadily risen to a high of £449.4m in 2015-16. But in 2016-17 the figure was almost halved to £249.4m.

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