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Regulation and oversight

Widespread adoption of best practice through regulatory frameworks.

There is a role for regulators to take evidence of what works and make sure that all businesses adopt good practice.

Although the Gambling Commission regulates the gambling industry, reducing gambling harms involves other regulation, such as:

  • advertising
  • local licensing boards
  • financial services
  • treatment.


Actions by businesses that support the delivery of the strategy and reducing of gambling harms.

There are many organisations involved in reducing gambling harms, including:

  • Government
  • public health
  • research community
  • businesses
  • health and social care services
  • regulators
  • consumers
  • charities that offer advice, support and treatment.

When we work together, we can improve on our current processes and find new ways to reduce gambling harms.


To enhance understanding about what works to reduce gambling harms.

We need more understanding around what works, and the impact that different types of prevention or treatment has on people.

This understanding will ensure that the right programmes and services are available to those who requite them. Efficient evaluation helps us to understand the impact of what we do on people and behaviour and this should be incorporated from the start.

Research to inform action

To widen the research base and improve links between research and policy.

We need to make sure that policy and funding decisions are based on evidence of what is working and where we need to put more effort in to reduce gambling harms. This requires a strong and current research and evidence base, which all parties trust to help inform actions.

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