Labour cronies at the Big Lottery Fund are spending more than £77 million a year on fat cat salaries and administration costs, Conservative research can reveal. The figures show that the BLF spends 12 per cent of lottery money on administration costs compared to charities such as Scope and Children in Need, which spend 2 per cent and 4.4 per cent respectively.

The research also showed that the Big Lottery Fund has 1103 employees compared to 1170 who work at the Treasury. However, while the Big Lottery Fund distributes £630m annually the treasury distributes five hundred times that amount.

The Big Lottery Fund, which has five Labour party members on its board of twelve, spends £1.04m on senior management. Chairman and Labour Party member, Sir Clive Booth alone earned £37,557 last year for his two day a week part-time post.

Shadow Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt commented:

“”If charities like Children in Need and Scope can control their overheads, why can’t the Big Lottery Fund? The National Lottery was set up to help the good causes not pay for an army of well-paid administrators that behave increasingly like an arm of the Labour government. It is particularly shocking to see this waste when lottery good causes have seen their income fall be around half under this government.”