Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has said that more must be done to ensure that Caerphilly receives its fair share of lottery funding, after a report has shown that the constituency gets substantially less than the national average.
Research by the Industrial Communities Alliance has revealed that the Caerphilly constituency gets around half the Lottery funding it should do, when it is compared with the national average.
Between the National Lottery being set up in 1994 and 2012, the average amount received by constituencies across the country was £38 million. However, over that same period Caerphilly got just £19.6 million.
Members of the Industrial Communities Alliance, which represents many of the most deprived local authority areas in Wales, Scotland and England, are due to hold a meeting with Members of Parliament in early July to discuss their research.
Commenting on the report, Wayne David said, “This research shows that Lottery funding is not fairly and evenly distributed between different parts of the country and suggests that older industrial areas like Caerphilly are losing out.
“The people of the Caerphilly constituency buy their Lottery tickets and expect some of their money to fund good causes in their local community. But this does not seem to be happening. I hope that National Lottery distributors take notice of this report and do everything they can to raise awareness of Lottery funding across the Caerphilly constituency”.