New lottery body orders external comms audit

The New Opportunities Fund, created three months ago to channel National Lottery money into health, education and environment projects, is seeking an agency to review its external relations.

The New Opportunities Fund, created three months ago to channel

National Lottery money into health, education and environment projects,

is seeking an agency to review its external relations.



The fund, a non-departmental Government body, has been criticised as a

mechanism through which the Government intends to use lottery money to

fund activities which would normally be paid for by the Treasury.



Seven agencies have been invited to tender for the brief, which

comprises an audit of its communications with the Government, the media,

distributors of Lottery funds such as the Sports Council and the

National Lottery Charities Board, and government agencies with which it

works such as the Teacher Training Agency.



The audit will last three months, after which the New Opportunities Fund

is expected to retender for an agency to help it implement a programme

based on the audit.



The fund covers projects such as out-of-school clubs and IT training for

teachers and librarians. The Government is considering extending this to

include cancer prevention and care and lifelong learning.



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