Plaid slams 50% drop in Welsh sports funding since London 2012 announcement

Plaid Cymru have exposed a staggering 50 percent drop in the amount of lottery cash awarded to sports groups in Wales in the four and a half years since the 2012 Olympics were awarded to London. Research carried out by the party examined the total value of grants awarded for sport in Wales by the Lottery for the five years preceding the 2012 announcement and the four and a half years since.

The research reveals that between the 1st January 2000 and the 6th July 2005, £65,106,195 had been awarded for sport in Wales by the Lottery, compared with £31,851,168 between 7th July 2005 and 1st of January 2010 – a drop of £33,255,027 or fifty-one per cent.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“I raised this issue with the Westminster government during my time as the Minister for Culture at the Welsh Assembly government. Grassroots sports clubs in Carmarthenshire are missing out on serious investment as a result of the way money is being divert away for the games. It is a disgrace that lottery money is being taken from some of Wales’ poorest communities and given to the UK’s richest city.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that these games will provide little benefit for those outside London. Plaid are calling on the UK Government to insist that further raids on Welsh lottery funds are stopped and plans are put in place now to help local sports groups.”

Plaid’s research also highlights the wider impact of the 2012 Games on non-sport grant funding in Wales. A comparison over the same time period also revealed that the total value of grants awarded for all purposes in Wales had plummeted by £187,653,603. In the five years before the Olympics were awarded to London, grants worth £437,796,557 were awarded to groups in Wales, but in the four and a half years since, the figure was £250,142,954 – a forty three per cent decrease.

Plaid’s Westminster candidate Jonathan Edwards added:

“Many charities rely on lottery grants and funding. Excellent local provisions have missed out and projects which would have a major impact on tackling social problems are facing hardship and in some cases being forced to close. It is a shocking and totally unjustifiable scenario.”

DIWEDD / ENDS

Nodiadau / Notes:

Wales – Sports Grants
01-01-2000 to 06-07-2005
Number of grants awarded: 1024
Total Value of grants awarded: £65,106,195

Wales – Sports Grants
07-07-2005 to 01-01-2010
Number of grants awarded: 5691
Total Value of grants awarded: £31,851,168

Wales – All Grants
01-01-2000 to 06-07-2005
Number of grants awarded: 10210
Total Value of grants awarded: £437,796,557

Wales – All Grants
07-07-2005 to 01-01-2010
Number of grants awarded: 12391
Total Value of grants awarded: £250,142,954

Source: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
www.lottery.culture.gov.uk

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