Social Responsibility

GambleAware supports CNWL with prison support service

GambleAware has teamed up with Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) to support those affected by problem gambling within the criminal justice system. The industry charity has provided CNWL with three years of funding worth £1.03m, to extend the work of the CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic into prisons. Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, said: “The new …

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GVC report reveals increase in charitable contributions

GVC Holdings has revealed that it has increased its ‘cash and in-kind contributions towards responsible gambling charities’ during 2019. Publishing its 2019-20 CSR Report, the betting group revealed that cash and in-kind contributions to charities increased from £2.51 million in 2018 up to £3.61 million in 2019. The report read: “Having already doubled our investment into research, education and treatment …

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RAiG members back radical overhaul of UK gambling’s affiliate landscape

Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) has announced that its membership body supports ‘in principle the introduction of statutory licensing or registration regime’ for affiliates operating within the UK gambling market. Support for the introduction of an affiliate-centric licensing regime follows RAiG’s internal review of existing social responsibility and responsible gambling standards related to affiliate marketing practices. It said in a …

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Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’

The UK Gambling Commission has come in for extreme criticism from a group of MPs reporting on how gambling regulation is protecting vulnerable people. The regulator is described as ‘toothless’ and in need of a ‘radical overhaul’. In a report published this morning, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee also branded the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport …

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ABSG report calls for ‘accelerated progress’ on statutory levy

According to the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) ‘Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’, UK gambling must implement tighter measures relating to game design and stake reduction. The report calls for faster progress to be made on a national treatment strategy led by the NHS and the commissioning of research to measure gambling-related harms. It …

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Shadow Charity Minister praises YGAM’s ‘resilience under lockdown’

Rachael Maskell, the Shadow Minister for UK Charities, has branded the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) as ‘a leading example of how charities have innovated’. The Labour MP for York Central praised the work of YGAM staff who continue to deliver the charity’s youth education programmes on gambling, despite also navigating the unprecedented challenges of national lockdown. Maskell, …

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Paddy Power guarantees Hector’s Arsenal tree pledge

Following back-to-back Premier League defeats against Manchester City and Brighton FC, Paddy Power has responded to Arsenal left-back Hector Bellerin’s environmental pledge. Prior to the Premier League recommencing on Wednesday 17 June, Bellerin promised his social media followers that he would personally fund the planting of 3,000 trees by reforestation charity One Tree Planted ‘for every Arsenal win’. Bellerin has …

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EPIC delivers problem gambling education with Harvard Medical School

EPIC Risk Management has committed to delivering education on the topic of problem gambling after agreeing to a new partnership with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. The duo will work together to research elite athletes’ relationships with problematic gambling behaviours, and will occur in parallel with GVC Holdings’ ongoing research partnership …

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KSA launches operator tender for problem gambling helpline

The Netherlands gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), will appoint an operator for its problem gambling helpline after launching its tender process. The service will offer gamblers access to treatment, advice and support via a website, chat service, email and telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Under the Netherlands’ Remote Gaming Act, the KSA was tasked with running the …

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BonusFinder research finds 94% of UK gamblers aware of RG tools

Research from BonusFinder.com has revealed that 94% of UK gamblers were aware of the responsible gambling tools available to them during the lockdown period. The research, which surveyed 500 UK casino and bingo players, detailed that 31% of players had gambled ‘somewhat more’ between March and June, while 28% admitted to gambling ‘the same’ amount as they would in normal …

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