|The UK’s national lottery, plagued by declining sales, will see changes including the loss of its monopoly and the public having more say about which good causes receive lottery money.|
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell also announced plans for a £200 million Young People’s Fund, and a simpler application process for organizations seeking Lottery funding. New lottery games could also be launched with funds going towards London’s Olympic games – should its bid be successful.
Ms Jowell said the proposals would mean 'the biggest overhaul of the lottery since its inception', adding: “The most important proposals in the (White) Paper are those to give the lottery back to the people and thus widen popular support for the lottery.”
There will be more citizens panels and juries in regions throughout the country to advise on where the money should go.'
She added: 'Who better to decide how money should be spent in a community than the very people who live there and know what local priorities should be?' Ms Jowell said that instead of a single licensing round every seven years, there would be a range of licences. This will 'encourage motivation and fresh ideas', she said.
Current operator Camelot will still be able to bid for part of the new licence, alongside other operators, when its current licences expire in 2009.