The LGA and Public Health England have published a guidance note which explains the need for a ‘whole council’ approach to tackling gambling related harm.
Two reports from Bangor University 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 2017/18 report Gambling with our Health, focuses on the emerging public health issue of gambling related harm in Wales.
We have circulated a summary of the Scottish Health Boards Report highlighting key gambling data by health board area. This draws on data from the Scottish Health Survey 2016.
Gambling is a subject which is increasingly interesting public health teams. The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board published a paper in December 2016 on gambling related harm as a public health issue.
The Commission the LGA and Public Health England have written to Directors of Public Health in England encouraging them to engage with gambling harm and those who are vulnerable. A similar letter, jointly signed with the WLGA, has also been sent to Directors of Public Health in Wales.
The Westminster Government has now set out its priorities for Public Health England for 2018/19. For the first time this includes reference to gambling harm (page 6).
The new NHS Long Term Plan, 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)
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is to establish a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) with the support of GambleAware. The new Alliance will seek 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.