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LSE academic to speak at Labour Party conference

Dr Sarabajaya Kumar, lecturer in social policy in the Department of Social Policy at LSE, will speak at this year's Labour Party conference, on Monday 24 September.

Dr Kumar will take part in a debate hosted by the Big Lottery Fund, as part of a panel discussing the question: If you can't please all the people all the time, who should the lottery please?

The other panel members are: Liz Atkins, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations; Sir Clive Booth, chair of the National Lottery; and James Purnell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The debate will be chaired by Nick Higham, a correspondent for the BBC.

The panel will each speak for eight minutes before opening up the discussion to questions from members of the conference.

Dr Kumar said: 'After the government, the Big Lottery Fund is the biggest funder of social welfare in the UK. Different stakeholders - the VCS, the public, the players, the politicians, the pundits, the papers - have different and often contradictory expectations of what it should do. There can be unreasonable demands for immediate results.'

'But if the Big Lottery Fund is to achieve its mission of "bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of those most in need", then it must focus on delivering best practice in grant-making through responsible stewardship and managed risk-taking. It must also firmly communicate its rationale and its achievements to all its stakeholders.'

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Click here for a copy of the speech. (PDF)|

19 September 2007

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