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Experts debate Games bid benefits
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Glasgow will find out if its bid is successful in November
Key decision-makers behind some of the world's biggest sporting and cultural festivals are in Glasgow to discuss the benefits of attracting major events.

The city is expected to find out in the autumn whether it has been successful in its bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

There has been growing unrest about the final cost of the London Olympics.

However, David Williams from Events Scotland said public support for the Glasgow project remained strong.

A national events conference is being held in the city, with speakers including the director of the Edinburgh International Festival and Lois Appleby, chief executive of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

I think it is a well sounded and well based plan, based partly on our experience of hosting big events in the past
Steven Purcell
Glasgow City Council leader

The criticism of London's 2012 event came after the projected cost of hosting the event rose from 2.5bn to 9bn.

Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat culture spokesman, has called for a cap on the Olympic budget.

Fears have been raised that the event will be paid for by funds that have been earmarked for other good causes.

It has been claimed that tens of millions of pounds are likely to be siphoned off from Scotland's future lottery fund to pay for the event.

Dozens of charities have warned they could collapse if their funding dries up.

Accurately costed

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations said the Big Lottery Fund, which provides funding to vulnerable groups, could lose up to 60m.

Concerns have also been raised about whether large events, like the Commonwealth Games, can be accurately costed beforehand.

However, Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The difference is the separation between the capital costs that we are already committed to for our wider regeneration, in terms of sport facilities and transport infrastructure.

"I think it is a well sounded and well based plan, based partly on our experience of hosting big events in the past."




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