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3. Direct payments from the gambling sector

3.1 Members of the Board should not receive any payment from gambling operators licensed in the UK for work undertaken or for other reasons.

3.2 ABSG and the Gambling Commission advocate that reducing gambling harms should be approached as a public health issue. ABSG members, therefore, should not receive renumeration or reimbursement of expenses for speaking at conferences which receive direct funding from the gambling industry (including sponsorship). This approach is consistent with that taken in other areas of public health.

3.3 Care should be taken even about undertaking such work on an unpaid basis, lest it give rise to a perception, however unwarranted, that some future benefit will be provided in return, at a later date.

3.4 There is no objection, however, to members working on anonymised data supplied by gambling operators for the purpose of research where any potential indirect benefit to the industry is not the prime objective and where the funding, if any, does not come from the operators.

3.5 The Board secretariat will keep a register of any such instances described in paragraph 3.4 above and members will declare these on their register of interests.

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