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Barnsley Gets Raw Deal In Lottery Funding According To MP

Wednesday September 12 2012


MP John Healey MP John Healey


BARNSLEY has missed out on millions of pounds of lottery funding, according to an MP.

John Healey, for Dearne, says the town is getting a raw deal when it is compared with the national picture.

He says Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster have lost out on more than £83m since lottery funding began in 1995, bringing in only a quarter of the national average in grants.

Of the 1,090 grants totalling £75 million which have gone to good causes in Barnsley, £23 million was for heritage projects.

He said: “This is a time when we need support more than ever.

“Our area is bearing the brunt of government spending cuts and that is putting local facilities and services under threat and limiting the good work charities and community groups can do.

“It is unacceptable that, per person, there is less lottery funding going to industrial towns like Barnsley.”

A spokesman for The National Lottery Good Causes said: “28 per cent of Lottery funding awarded in England has gone to the 10 per cent most deprived local authority areas.

“The way National Lottery funding is recorded means it is impossible to make accurate geographical comparisons.

''For example, large grants to South Yorkshire County Sport Partnership are recorded to Sheffield, even though the whole region benefits.”

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Reply Posted by observer on Friday September 14 2012 at 08:39
it comes as no suprise to me that we in barnsley ar being treat like this. it is a labour council and the tories dont like us. therefore will treat us unfairly. but why arent and havent in the past, barnsley m.p.s challenged this.??

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday September 14 2012 at 12:35
Its not suprising although not fair people have realised barnsley council cant be trusted with money as it never goes on what its suposed to

Reply Posted by mark on Sunday September 16 2012 at 13:11
lol ye like the money been wasted at the present time at the bottom wakfield rd wen are we going to see this rd finished if there any council members on here that would like to answer my question feel free but dont do wat all politicians do and answer a question with a question