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The National Lottery and the non-profit sector

3.3 A need for transparency
 
The complaint most frequently encountered about the Lotteries Board remains their perceived lack of operational transparency. This stems largely from their somewhat controversial role in the distribution process. Decisions made are seldom, if ever, explained, introducing further uncertainty into the application process. Despite a promise to rectify this in the current round of funding applications, organisations are still being told that their application was turned down because they “did not meet the criteria”, without even being told why this is the case. The fact that neither the Lotteries Board (as the regulator) or the Distribution Agencies (as the bodies responsible for distribution), are able to account for their decisions is a serious indictment of their commitment to the principles of transparent and accountable governance.

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