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Advice to the Gambling Commission on a statutory levy

A paper by the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling advising the Gambling Commission on a statutory levy

  1. Contents
  2. Section 7: Conclusions

Section 7: Conclusions

This advice has reviewed the evidence regarding the introduction of a statutory levy to fund research, prevention and treatment of gambling harms across Great Britain. Such a levy would bring benefits for the public, for government and for the industry.

  • For the public, it would allow predictable sustainable and fully integrated service provision, early identification and better coordination with established third sector organisations that currently struggle to provide the levels of service that are needed.
  • It would bring benefits to government and society as investment would deliver economic returns in reducing the social costs of gambling harms and drive a culture of independent research and innovation.
  • It would create equity for the industry, as all gambling operators would contribute to investing in addressing harms. This would have the potential to help address declining public trust in the industry.

Advisory Board for Safer Gambling – Our role125

The Advisory Board for Safer Gambling provide independent expert advice with the aim of achieving a Great Britain free from the consequences of gambling-related harms. Our role is to:

  • Help deliver the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms
  • Help increase research capacity and capability through engaging with a wide range of experts
  • Help share findings about best practice so they have an impact
  • Help solve policy dilemmas where research evidence is lacking or ambiguous.


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