Sir Stephen: Politicians use BIG for their hobby horses

Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, has suggested that the Big Lottery Fund is used to fund some politicians’ “hobby horses” and has called for it to be reconstituted as a charitable foundation.

Writing in his blog about the farewell party in the House of Commons last week for Peter Wanless, who has left his chief executive role at the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to become the new NSPCC chief, Sir Stephen praised Wanless as a CEO.  But he complained that BIG was a non-departmental public body held back by “pointless red tape”.  “It really ought to be freed of all of this and set up as a foundation,” he said.

Sir Stephen continued that it was “strange” that BIG escaped minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude’s "bonfire of the quangos".

“Couldn’t be anything to do with the fact it has oodles of money politicians can 'earmark' for their hobby horses, could it?,” he said. “But then again it’s 'independent' isn’t it. I was forgetting.”

Sir Stephen ended his blog by wishing good luck to Wanless in his new role and to the new BIG chief executive Dawn Austwick.

BIG declined to respond.

This article was taken from Civil Society – http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/15308/