New policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund

Responsibility for the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), including setting policy directions transferred from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the Cabinet Office in April 2011 following the Public Bodies Review Programme. In line with the transfer of responsibilities for the Big Lottery Fund, the Cabinet Office opened a 12-week consultation on 22 August 2011 on proposed new policy directions for BIG.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude said:

BIG’s existing policy directions (issued in November 2006), were unwieldy and needed to be amended.  The new policy directions are less complicated and reinforce the Coalition’s commitment that we will not micro-manage BIG allowing it to continue to focus its funding on the themes of Health, Education, the Environment, and Charitable purposes as laid out in the legislation which founded BIG.

"I have taken into account consultation feedback, and propose to issue the new policy directions, which BIG are required to take account of in their grant-making. Ministers in the devolved administrations have been consulted with, ensuring that where directions are UK-wide, that they do not cut across existing country policy agendas."

The new policy directions cover BIG’s spending in England, the Isle of Man and UK-wide spending, enabling BIG to build on their good work to date in providing funding to communities across the United Kingdom.  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland policy directions are issued by the devolved administrations.


Summary of responses to the Consultation on Big Lottery Fund Policy Directions (pdf, 267kb)
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New policy directions (pdf, 54kb)
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Publication date: 2/4/2012

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