Industry contributions to the research, education, and treatment of problem gambling
We require all licensed gambling businesses, including society lotteries, to make a contribution towards research, education and treatment of problem gamblers.
GambleAware raises funds, mainly from the gambling industry through voluntary donations, to support research, education and treatment of problem gambling.
Fundraising targets for the gambling industry are agreed with the government and with the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board. However, in the event that the voluntary system fails to generate sufficient funds, the Gambling Act 2005 provides for a levy to be introduced.
LCCP: Social responsibility code provisions 3.1.1
In line with our approach elsewhere, we do not seek to tell you how much your contribution should be, nor do we insist that GambleAware is the beneficiary. However, donating to GambleAware does provide you with a clear audit trail detailing your contribution.
It is also worth noting that if you are a licensed society lottery and a member of either the Hospice Lotteries Association or the Lotteries Council then a donation is made on your behalf via a deduction from your annual membership fee.
Offshore gambling businesses are required to contribute
Since the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 came into effect offshore gambling operators with GB-based customers are also required to contribute to research, education and treatment.