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Local initiatives

Rural Councils will be interested to read of the progress made by Devon County Council’s (opens in new tab) Scrutiny Committees in producing a Spotlight Report (opens in new tab) about gambling harm as well as an action plan for how to address the issues.

Sheffield City Council’s (opens in new tab) Joint Strategic Needs Assessment includes a chapter on gambling harms (opens in new tab), identifying it alongside more ‘traditional’ harms such as alcohol and drugs.

The Association of Directors of Public Health Yorkshire and Humber (opens in new tab) have published a framework to reduce gambling harms (opens in new tab) and it is designed as a practical aid for other local authorities in addressing the issue.

Wigan Council (opens in new tab) have published a feature article in the Commission's LA Bulletin in August 2019 and on their website (opens in new tab), about a harmful gambling awareness process across the workplace, including their wider partner network.

Stockton’s Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee have published their report (opens in new tab) reviewing gambling in the borough. The focus is on gambling related harm and includes a series of recommendations about how to address the issue, mitigate risks and promote a safer approach to gambling.

Research (opens in new tab) by Leeds City Council (opens in new tab) identified a number of serious issues as to how gambling related support was being delivered, a lack of screening for gambling harm as well as a lack of awareness about the services available to frontline staff.

Warrington Council’s Protecting the Most Vulnerable Committee (opens in new tab) has drawn together a cross agency multi-disciplinary group to address gambling harms in the Borough and develop pathways for those that need support.

Wirral Council’s (opens in new tab) Director of Public Health has published their Annual Report (2018) (opens in new tab) which focuses on harmful gambling. In particular it looks at the impact on local residents and the importance of the issue in a public health context.

In Brighton and Hove (opens in new tab) Public Health contributed significantly in the development of a Local Area Profile (opens in new tab), or heat map, to identify social groups and geographic locations where gambling risk/vulnerability is greatest.

Harrow Council (opens in new tab) have used their website (opens in new tab) to highlight the issue of problem gambling and where citizens can obtain help and support.

Swindon Council (opens in new tab) have conducted a Rapid Health Needs Assessment (opens in new tab) to establish the scale and costs of gambling harms in the city as well as a broader range of factors to help them take a public health approach to the issue.

In 2018 GambleAware (opens in new tab) announced a £1.5m partnership with Citizens Advice (opens in new tab) designed to help front line staff better understand, prevent and reduce gambling related harms – to be delivered via 10 hubs in England and two in Wales. They are as follows:

North West
Citizens Advice Wirral
Website: (opens in new tab)

North East
Citizens Advice Gateshead
Website: (opens in new tab)
Contact: (Evan)

Yorkshire, the Humber & North Lincolnshire
Website: (opens in new tab)

East Midlands
Citizens Advice Mid Mercia
Website: (opens in new tab)
Contact: (Greg)

West Midlands
Citizens Advice Dudley and Wolverhampton
Website: (opens in new tab)
Contact: or

South East (South Northants, Oxon, Bucks, Berks, Beds)
Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire & South Northants
Website: (opens in new tab)

South East (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, east Sussex, west Sussex and Kent)
Citizens Advice Hampshire
Website: (opens in new tab)
Consortia - does not provide advice (but in partnership with some Local Citizens Advice who are home-based)

London Boroughs
Citizens Advice East End
Website: (opens in new tab)
Contact: (Harvel)

South West
Citizens Advice Central Dorset
Website: (opens in new tab)

East England
Citizens Advice Stevenage
Website: (opens in new tab)
Contact: (Lina)

South and West Wales
Citizens Advice Rhondda Cynon Taff
Website: (opens in new tab)

Mid and North Wales
Citizens Advice Denbighshire
Website: (opens in new tab)


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