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National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Interim report and draft case study publication of current and previous examples of councils tackling gambling harms through scrutiny (Centre for Governance and Scrutiny)


October 2021

This has now been completed . The Case study publication on the use of local scrutiny in tackling gambling harm can be accessed here:

April 2021

The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny is producing a revised case study publication based on feedback from the Gambling Commission to demonstrate updated outcomes from cases and to present other public health issues being tackled through scrutiny. This will be published in May 21. The gambling harms inquiry day with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the 10 constituent local authorites in Greater Manchester was completed in Mar 21. It provided the forum to raise awareness about the issue locally, and to propose actions for councillors to implement within their own councils, alongside partners, and at the combined authority level. The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny will monitor the progress of actions that emerged from the inquiry day.

November 2020

The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny have researched councils in the UK where gambling harms, and the risk of gambling harms, has been explored through scrutiny. The insight from this activity was used to inform the case study publication and future guidance. They have also facilitated ‘inquiry day’ sessions with councils as a model for using deliberation between a range of stakeholders to reach agreement and formulate and draft a set of local actions on tackling gambling harms.

This has informed a case study publication showcasing previous examples of councils tacking gambling harms through scrutiny. The aim of sharing these examples is to provide useful precedents for councils either considering the topic on their scrutiny work programme or unsure of which approach to take.

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