Lottery chiefs have come under fire for spending nearly £5 million to form a new lottery giant.
Solihull MP Lorely Burt (Lib Dem) said: "As far as spending millions of pounds on merging the organisation, I think it is a disgrace."
The Big Lottery Fund, created from the merger of the New Opportunities Fund and the National Lottery Charities Board, is responsible for distributing 50 per cent of all lottery money earmarked for good causes.
The new body cost £4.9 million to set up, but that immediately triggered efficiency savings of £3.5 million because there were lower administration costs, the BLF said.
Shadow Culture Minister Hugo Swire claimed that if savings were being made it showed they had been wasting millions unnecessarily.
Ms Burt said: "Lottery money should be used for community projects that would not ordinarily receive Government funding. I have grave concerns that the National Lottery Bill currently going through Parliament will allow the Government to take control of a greater share of Lottery money for politically determined projects.
"There are so many worthwhile ways to promote the arts, recreation and education through lottery funding without Government interference.
"The fear is the Big Lottery Fund will lead to even more lottery money being used to fund projects that should be properly funded by Government."