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National initiatives

England

The LGA and Public Health England's guidance note (opens in new tab) explains the need for a ‘whole council’ approach to tackling gambling related harm.

The Commission, the LGA and Public Health England have written to Directors of Public Health in England (opens in new tab) encouraging them to engage with gambling harm and those who are vulnerable.

The Westminster Government's priorities (opens in new tab) for Public Health England for 2018/19 includes, for the first time, reference to gambling harm (page 6).

Wales

Two Bangor University reports (opens in new tab) consider how gambling can be addressed in a public health context and include a series of recommendations as to how this might be implemented.

The second chapter of the Chief Medical Officer for Wales 2017 to 18 report Gambling with our Health (opens in new tab), focuses on the emerging public health issue of gambling related harm in Wales.

A similar letter to the one above by Public Health England and the Commission signed with the WLGA, has also been sent to Directors of Public Health in Wales (opens in new tab).

Scotland

We have circulated a summary of the Scottish Health Boards Report (opens in new tab) highlighting key gambling data by health board area. This draws on data from the Scottish Health Survey 2016 (opens in new tab).

Nationwide

The new NHS Long Term Plan (opens in new tab), for the first time, includes a commitment to address gambling harm. The Plan commits to ‘expanding geographical coverage of NHS services for people with serious gambling problems, and work with partners to tackle the problem at source.’ (pg43)

Change to The Royal Society for Public Health (opens in new tab) (RSPH) has established a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) with the support of Gambleaware. The new Alliance seeks to ensure that gambling and the harms which arise from it are placed on an equal footing with other major public health challenges, focussing on prevention, early intervention, and increased community engagement.

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