Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, has welcomed information from the Department for Culture Media and Sport which breaks down every local authority in England and the amount of lottery funding they have received across each of five areas – arts, charitable expenditure, health, education & the environment, sport and heritage.

Robin has welcomed the information that since the National Lottery was started by the Conservative Government of John Major in 1995, Worcester has received a total of 735 grants worth a combined £52,635,194. The most recent grant was £9,100 for a heritage project at New College Worcester, which Robin was visiting as it received a Royal Visit for its 150th anniversary only last week.

A graph published with the statistics shows how Worcester has been winning more funding for heritage and sport over recent years and Robin is keen to see these trends continue as Worcester targets Heritage City status and is in the process of establishing an International Centre for Inclusive Sport.

The biggest grants in recent years have included £2 million from Sport England for the new 8 lane swimming pool, half a million for Community Sports Partnership funding this year, nearly another half a million for the British Lung Foundation’s Sport programme and a quarter of a million from the Big Lottery Fund for the Asha Women’s Foundation.

In March 2015 Robin welcomed £1.6 million for the Churches Conservation Trust for the St Swithun’s heritage centre and another £1 million of Community Sports Partnership funding in February.

A huge range of local charities and voluntary organisations have won funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council or Sport England and Worcester’s MP is keen to see more apply in the future.

Commenting on the figures Robin said:

“It really is remarkable that Worcester continues to win the lottery on such a regular basis. I don’t mean the famous big ticket wins we have all read about in recent years but the great investments we have seen in local charities, sporting activities and heritage. We rightly celebrate our world class city and county and it is absolutely right that we should have attracted funding for so many good causes, but I am keen to see that it does not stop here.”

“I am delighted that the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the National Lottery are working together to improve transparency on lottery grants and I would encourage local charities and sporting organisations to look through the detailed information that they publish. With our Heritage City bid in the offing I am keen to work with the local council, the civic society and others to support local bids. I am also keen to back our sports teams and the great work that they do in the community and would be happy to back any bids to Sport England or the affiliated organisations on behalf of sports teams in Worcester. “

“One area where we seem to have gained relatively little in recent years is in arts funding and I have recently encouraged arts organisations in Worcester to contact the DCMS Select Committee about this as they have been doing an inquiry into how it is allocated around the UK. Worcester has wonderful theatre, music and arts and I hope we can do even better with this part of the lottery in future years.”

“The National Lottery isn’t just a game but a brilliant way of investing in our communities and the information published today shows that this investment is making a real difference to Worcester. Sir John Major’s vision to support investment in areas where Government has often not managed to do so effectively was a good one and it is great see how that investment in Worcester has continued year after year.”

Notes to editors

For the breakdown of lottery grants to Worcester since the launch of the National Lottery in 1995 see:

http://www.lottery.culture.gov.uk/AreaSummary.aspx?LA=Worcester

For the latest list of grants to Worcester see:

http://www.lottery.culture.gov.uk/SearchResults.aspx?Year=2016&LA=Worcester

For a full list of all grants to Worcester see:

http://www.lottery.culture.gov.uk/SearchResults.aspx?LA=Worcester

For Robin’s previous comments on lottery grants see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-new-national-lottery-investment-in-first-world-war-centenary/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/robin-walker-praises-the-gold-standard-worcester-arena-opportunity-for-world-class-centre-for-inclusive-sport/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/a-small-plaque-but-a-big-difference-walker-points-to-value-of-worcesters-heritage/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-massive-2-million-investment-in-worcester-swimming-pool/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/praise-for-the-faithful-city-but-a-rallying-call-to-do-more-with-heritage-assets/

For the CMS Select Committee Inquiry on Arts & Culture spending see:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/culture-media-and-sport-committee/news-parliament-2015/countries-of-culture-launch-15-16/