HYNDBURN is being short-changed by the National Lottery according to a new survey.
Each person in the borough has received an average of £54.94 from the good causes fund compared to a UK average of £191.33 per person.
The survey shows that if Hyndburn had achieved the national average an extra £11,113,538 would have been awarded to the area since the Lottery was set up in November 1994. Hyndburn is at number 376 out of 436 local authorities according to how they have benefited from the Lottery.
The calculations are on the Cold Facts index compiled by information services company j4b plc. Its findings reveal that the five local authorities receiving the largest Lottery funds per head of population were Greenwich, Westminster, City of London, Camden and Islington.
This is sure to reinforce previous complaints about the lion's share of cash going to the south. But Jeremy Phillips, managing director of j4b's technology and information publishing arm, said it was not quite so simple.
He explained: "The National Lottery funding bodies judge each application on a competitive basis to ensure it can deliver on its promises rather than just splitting the money between whoever asks for it. As the application process is not straightforward local authority funding officers must decide whether a speculative application is a good use of their resources.
"Often these resources are so thinly stretched that it makes more sense to concentrate on applying for the easier schemes.''
Hyndburn Council's Chief Executive Mr Mike Chambers said: "We are concentrating on helping community groups to develop the skills they require to compete with better-resourced organisations in wealthier areas.''