Barbara held a Westminster debate on the unfairness in distributing Lottery funding nationally and issues with Lottery funding in Little Hulton. In the debate, she questioned why the BIG Lottery was having such problems distributing the £1 million fund it had awarded to Little Hulton in July 2010.
Since 1995, Worsley and Eccles South constituency has only received £6 million in Lottery funding grants compared to the Cities of London and Westminster constituency which has benefited from £914 million in grants. Because the area has been so overlooked, the BIG Lottery fund allocated £1 million to Little Hulton in 2010. However, 16 months on, none of the £1 million funding has been used to benefit people in Little Hulton
“It is unacceptable that Worsley and Eccles South has been awarded so few grants and that 150 times as much funding has been awarded to the Cities of London and Westminster.
"I was pleased when the BIG Lottery decided to award £1 million to Little Hulton but after 16 months, not one penny has gone to local projects. Members of the community have given up their time and put in their ideas as to what the money could be used for.
"It is time to end the delays and to start using this funding to benefit local people in Little Hulton. I am meeting the Chief Executive of the BIG Lottery fund to ensure this happens."