Anger at lottery cash snub

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Calls have been made for a review of the way National Lottery grants are distributed – after a report showed part of South Yorkshire receives only a fifth of the national average amount.

The study, by the Industrial Communities Alliance, found the average funding in each area across the country between 1995 and 2011 was £405 per head of population.

But in Barnsley East, the figure was £86 – just 21 per cent of the national average.

Overall, Barnsley borough was among the areas receiving the lowest lottery grants, while other parts of South Yorkshire were closer to the national average.

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, said: “It is seriously concerning that Barnsley East only receives 21 per cent of the national average of lottery funding per capita.

“In the age of austerity and spending cuts, when local authority budgets are being stretched to their limits, it is increasingly important other sources of funding, like lottery grants, are distributed fairly.

“This needs to be looked into further.”