Olympic threat to Scots lottery funding

SNP Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson, Pete Wishart MP, has written to the Olympics Minister seeking assurances that no further funds will be diverted from good causes in Scotland to prop up the London Olympics.

Mr Wishart’s calls follow reports earlier this week revealing that over a quarter of the games contingency fund has been spent – more than three years before the Games are due to open.

Commenting, Mr Wishart said;

“It is clearly alarming that at this halfway stage the UK Government is already spending contingency funds.

“With private contributions falling as Labour’s recession bites there must be no temptation by the UK Government to carry out further raids on Scotland’s lottery funding.

”Tessa Jowell said the UK Government would never have embarked on the Olympic bid had they know the economic crisis was around the corner, and now we know why.

“While taxpayers’ money is being poured into the athletes’ village and £150 million of lottery funding already lost to Scotland communities and charities across the rest of the country are paying the price.

“With charities facing their own funding downturn the UK Government must now give cast-iron assurances that not one penny more will be taken from lottery funding to pay for the Olympic games and work with the Scottish Government to see that £150 million put back into a Scotland wide legacyfor the Commonwealth Games."