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Building the evidence base

Measuring gambling-related harms, a framework for action (opens in new tab) (July 2018) published by the Commission, in collaboration with the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling and Gamble Aware looks at how we might understand the range of harms gambling can have on individuals, families, communities and society.

The three year research programme (opens in new tab) to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms has been published.

Evidence (Geofutures 2017) (opens in new tab) indicates that particular groups are more vulnerable to gambling related harm than others, for example, mental health issues, homelessness and other addictive behaviours.

Citizens Advice research (opens in new tab) into the causes and impacts of problem gambling and gambling related harms estimates that for every problem gambler, between 6 and 10 additional people are directly affected.

A pilot study (Beacon Trust 2018) (opens in new tab) of people held in custody suites identified 13% were at risk of, or experiencing, gambling harm.

Public Health England regularly update their health profiles (opens in new tab) for each LA area. Health profiles highlight local issues and priorities for Health and Wellbeing Boards.

The organisation Money and Mental Health (opens in new tab) have a range of documents specifically focused on gambling, including one which looks at gambling behaviour and mental health.

The IPPR think tank's report (2016) (opens in new tab) explores the fiscal costs of problem gambling to the UK economy.

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