British trans charity will receive a national lottery grant after the review

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The National Lottery Community Fund has confirmed it will award a grant worth £500,000 to the transgender children’s charity Mermaids, after this issue had been reviewed for two months. A 40-page document published by the public body, which is responsible for distributing funds raised by the National Lottery for charitable causes, on February 19th ruled that the allegations against the transgender charity had no reasonable background, so there was no legal basis for the grant withdrawal. Commenting on the review findings, the National Lottery Community Fund said in a statement: “This review did not find any grounds to withhold funding from Mermaids UK. The grant has therefore been approved by the England Funding Committee.” In its statement, the National Lottery Community Fund said the organization plans to continue working with the charity and the review showed that it deserves support, though some minor improvements are still required. The review also found that thecharity’s outspoken advocacy on transgender issues risks “overshadowing the valued front facing direct support platform they provide for children.”

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