Tag Archives: Zoe Osmund

Lee Willows: Funding debate threatens UK’s ‘world class’ treatment ecosystem

The debate surrounding gambling research, education and treatment (RET) funding has been heating up significantly ahead of the government’s Gambling Act review White Paper. A range of viewpoints have been expressed on the matter, and notably, calls for the introduction of a statutory levy to support RET operations have been rising, although with some differences as to how this would …

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Public health directors weigh in on RET funding war of words

The President and Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) have written to Gambling Minister Chris Philp, making recommendations ahead of the Gambling Act review White Paper. Although the consultation period for recommendations informing the legislative overhaul ended on 1 April, Professor Maggie Rae (President) and Greg Fell (VP) expressed their viewpoint on developing a better public …

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GambleAware: ASA report ‘encouraging’ but ‘much more to be done’ on betting ads

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) published its report into children’s exposure to age restricted advertising yesterday focussed on gambling and alcohol products,  demonstrating a decline for both. Issuing its own update today, GambleAware has described the findings of the research as ‘encouraging’, but added that children were still exposed to be gambling marketing more than alcohol, and that it would …

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GambleAware lauds ‘Big Four’ donations but decries ‘inconsistent approach’

GambleAware has published its list of corporate donors for the 12 months ending 31 March 2022, revealing that the ‘Big Four’ group of UK operators generated 89% of all contributions. The responsible and safer gambling organisation updated that Entain, Flutter Entertainment and William Hill all made donations in the millions, with total industry contributions to GambleAware reaching £34.7 million. The continued …

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GambleAware reiterates calls for mandatory gambling harm levy

GambleAware has repeated its calls for the introduction of a mandatory levy to support gambling harm prevention and treatment, ahead of the publication of the Gambling Act review White Paper. The problem gambling prevention organisation has argued for a levy of 1% as a licensing condition for betting firms wishing to operate in the UK, something which the group claims …

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NHS announces rollout of new gambling addiction clinics

After identifying an increased demand for gambling addiction treatment, the NHS has announced the opening of two new clinics specialising in the area.  Located in Southampton and Stoke-on-Trent, the two centres will open in May, complementing the NHS’ five existing clinics in London, Leeds, Manchester and Sunderland along with the pilot children’s and young person’s clinic.  Additionally, the service also …

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GambleAware £16m industry donations list led by bet365

GambleAware has published the list of operators which made financial contributions to the responsible gambling charity during the first three quarters of the 2021/22 fiscal year.  A total of £16 million was donated to the organisation by UK betting operators, which are requested to contribute 0.1% of their gross gaming yield to the group. Overall, bet365 led the donations list …

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GambleAware launches new campaign focusing on women gamblers

GambleAware has initiated a new campaign warning women about the dangers of problem betting, after identifying how up to one million could be at risk of experiencing gambling-related harm.  The campaign focuses on promoting three key warning signs to female bettors – losing track of time; spending more than can be afforded; and keeping gambling secret from friends and family. …

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Gambling Minister calls for operators to ‘step in’ but dismisses £100 affordability checks

Chris Philp, DCMS Gambling Minister, has outlined the government’s strategy to counter gambling related harm, offering an update on the progress of the White Paper on the 2005 Gambling Act review. Giving a keynote speech entitled ‘Collaboration in the Prevention of Gambling Harms’ at GambleAware’s ninth annual conference, the Minister highlighted the need for a collaborative approach involving various industry …

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