All problem gambling treatment support stakeholders have been called on to back ‘Debt Awareness Week’ by GamCare.
The national campaign that runs across Britain from 20-26 March is led by debt-relief charity StepChange, to highlight the “reality that debt can affect anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances.”
GamCare highlighted the importance of Debt Awareness Week, which comes as the cost of living crisis continues to skyrocket, with an increasing number of people grappling with unmanageable debts.
As the lead UK organisation providing direct treatment and support for problem gambling, GamCare will host a ‘Money Guidance Service’ online session provided by its group chatroom.
“The session aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to discuss budgeting, money-related issues, and the impact of gambling on their financial situation,” GamCare informed
“To ensure privacy, participants can register using an anonymous username unrelated to their real name.”
Further to the campaign, GamCare has called for better protection of borrowers, who may have taken out riskier loans during uncertain times. The treatment support group underlined that “there is an obligation on the lender to check that credit is affordable as specified by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
GamCare concluded: “As Debt Awareness Week unfolds, GamCare encourages those struggling with gambling-related financial harm to seek support and take control of their budget.
“Free debt advice and resources are available from StepChange, offering a lifeline to individuals in need of help managing their debts.”