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24 January 2007

Good Causes Sacrificed As Further Raids on Lottery Cash Planned

Local SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has condemned reports that the UK Government has said it may dip into National Lottery funds to make up for a shortfall in the final budget for the London Olympics in 2012.

Mr Stevenson commented:

"It is becoming clear that the costs of the London Olympics are quickly spiralling out of control and they now threaten the amount of funding which will be available for good causes and local organisations here in the North-east.

"We have already had the resignation of Jack Lemley, the Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, amid this impending disaster blaming political interference and escalating costs.

"We have also learned that the estimated costs of the Olympics may have more than doubled from £2.4 billion to £5 billion. This is after several ministerial assurances that the Olympics would be delivered on budget.

"It is utterly unfair that further raids are put on the lottery and those good causes the lottery supports are sacrificed for the London games. It is vital that the UK Government can guarantee that charities and sports clubs will not be affected by Whitehall mismanagement."

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