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Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008

Schedule 3: Further provision about the functions of the Big Lottery Fund

91.Schedule 3 sets out further functions of the Fund as the distributor of dormant account money. They include a requirement where so instructed to issue strategic plans relating to distribution of dormant account money in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Part 1) and a provision allowing it to delegate its dormant account functions to another body or person (Part 2). Part 2 also allows the devolved expenditure committees set up under the National Lottery etc Act 1993 to play a role in devolved expenditure under this Act.

92.Part 3 applies similar reporting obligations in respect of the distribution of dormant account money as those set out in the National Lottery etc Act 1993. These require the Fund to keep proper accounting records in respect of the distribution of dormant account money, separate from those of the distribution of lottery resources, and to prepare a statement of accounts relating to the distribution of such assets at the end of each financial year. The Fund will also be required to report to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies.

93.Part 4 includes the provision of a number of further powers in respect of the Big Lottery Fund’s role as the distributor of dormant account assets. These powers are similar to powers which the Fund has as a distributor under the National Lottery etc Act 1993.

94.Paragraph 12 enables the Fund to identify and approach any body, with a particular expertise, to invite it to make an application for dormant account money.

95.Paragraph 13 allows the Fund, when making a decision about distributing dormant account assets, both to consult any person and to take account of the opinions expressed to the Fund or information submitted to it as a result of that consultation. The paragraph is intended to remove any doubt about whether the Fund has the power to consult or take into account such opinions and information in exercising its powers to distribute dormant account assets.

96.Paragraph 14 is intended to remove any doubt about the powers of the Big Lottery Fund to publicise the distribution of dormant account money. As well as allowing the Fund to publicise its own award of a grant and its purposes, this section enables it to participate in publishing more general information about its work in relation to the distribution of dormant account money. The intention is that by doing so the Fund will be able to inform the public better about what the money it is distributing is achieving overall, and to raise awareness of, and support for, the results of the distribution of dormant account assets across the UK.

97.Paragraph 15 is intended to clarify that the Fund may give advice about the distribution of dormant account money and the use of dormant account money that has been distributed. For example, the Fund might provide advice to bodies applying to be a recipient of dormant account money.

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