The council's rolling survey of the effects of the lottery showed that donations in 1996 were pounds 4.58bn, compared with pounds 5.23bn in 1995. And the percentage of people regularly giving to charity has fallen from a pre- lottery level of 81 per cent in 1993 to 68 per cent last year.
A spokesman for the NCVO said: "Smaller charities have lost out most of all. We can't prove a link between the lottery and the fall in donations but we can't think what other reason there can be."Reuse content