Funding still available from lottery organisations after surviving quango cull

Lottery organisations were among those that survived a cull of quangos by the Government prior to the announcement of the comprehensive spending review this week.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Heritage Memorial Fund were not among the 200 organisations abolished.

But further pain was expected in the comprehensive spending review, the details of which were due the day after Horticulture Week went to press.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, chair of both funds, said: "Our priority has always been to ensure lottery funding is available for the heritage we support. We will continue to work independently with a range of partners. We have committed to work more closely with English Heritage to help define our roles as clearly as possible to maximise effectiveness.

"Applicants will be pleased to know that it is very much business as usual at HLF. Money set aside for HLF projects is absolutely safe.

"With around £50m more to spend from 2012-13, we will continue to encourage people to apply for funding to develop projects."

Design watchdog CABE, which survived but which is in turmoil after losing its DCMS funding, said it was mired in complexity because it was sponsored by two Government departments.

Director of education and external affairs Matt Bell said: "CABE's situation is more complicated, being sponsored jointly by culture and communities departments. We always expected it would take longer to resolve the details. In the meantime, we're getting on with the job and hopeful of a positive outcome."

Defending the cuts at Defra, which included the loss of bodies on agricultural wages and organic standards, environment secretary Caroline Spelman said half Defra's 90 arm's-length bodies would go.

"The changes reflect the Government's view that it should only carry out those functions that only Government can do, while harnessing the power of civil society and the private sector to help deliver Defra's objectives," she explained.

- For spending review latest, see and for a full sector-by-sector analysis, see HW 29 October.

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