Regulatory settlements applied for socially responsible purposes
When the Commission takes regulatory action against a gambling operator, an outcome of that action can include a payment in lieu of the financial penalty the Commission might otherwise impose for breach of a licence condition. This is set in accordance with the Statement of Principles for Determining Financial Penalties. We publish the details of those enforcement cases and regulatory settlements on our news page. For more information, see our approach to regulating the gambling industry.
A regulatory settlement can include payment to an organisation for socially responsible purposes.
Information about destinations of regulatory settlements to be applied for socially responsible purposes
The Commission reviews proposals for destinations of regulatory settlements. The following projects have been approved as destinations of regulatory settlements since March 2019. Some of these projects have been approved as destinations but have not yet received funds. This information will be updated at least on an annual basis.
|March 2019||GambleAware||£30,000||To accelerate progress to deliver GambleAware’s activity to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms|
|May 2019||GamCare||£250,000||To build capacity for the effective analysis of the data that is captured by GamCare treatment provision and from the National Gambling helpline.|
|£298,590||Design and deliver a website to support the administration of the GamCare Safer Gambling Standard, and ensuring the ‘scores’ for accredited operators are clearly visible to consumers.|
|£3,223||Provide and distribute stock of printed self-help workbooks|
|June 2019||Gambling Research Exchange||£1,900,000||Creating a programme of work including a new research, dissemination evidence hub committed to preventing and reducing gambling harms in Great Britain in support of the National Strategy.|
|July 2019||Howard League for Penal Reform||£1,838,000||Large scale problem gambling and crime commission.|
|August 2019||Gordon Moody||£200,000||To enable the effective analysis of the data that is captured by Gordon Moody treatment provision.|
|September 2019||Gordon Moody||£220,000||Capital funds to increase treatment capacity.|
|September 2019||Hurley Group||£1,562,184||A pilot project to explore the design and delivery of an NHS based integrated community-based service for people experiencing harm from gambling.|
|September 2019||Healthy Stadia||£37,500||An effective model to be rolled out to reduce the incidence of unhealthy gambling behaviour in the football stadium environment.|
|October 2019||Money and Mental Health Policy Institute||£228,500||A two-year programme of work to engage the financial services sector in efforts to reduce gambling harms.|
|November 2019||The Samaritans||£523,998||Training and resources for gambling businesses to identify and support customers experiencing risks of suicide.|
|November 2019||Centre for Public Scrutiny||£103,200||Using local authority scrutiny processes to understand and tackle gambling related harms.|
|December 2019||Scottish Public Health Network||£142,483||Embedding a whole population approach to gambling in Scotland.|
|December 2019||Health and Social Care Alliance||£496,647||Operation of a forum for participants with lived experience of gambling harm to steer the implementation of the National Strategy within Scotland.|
|January 2020||Greater Manchester Combined Authority||£750,000||Pathfinder project for local authority public health approaches.|
|March 2020||Charities Aid Foundation||£40,000||Supporting effective coordination of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms – focus on funding, flows and partnerships for the third sector.|
|April 2020||GambleAware||£8,800,000||Funds to help ensure treatment and support services can continue to operate effectively and withstand additional pressures on their services caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.|
|April 2020||Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust||£67,500||Introducing and evaluating a co-designed and co-produced pilot public health Recovery College course on gambling and addiction. The course is targeted at mental health service users, carers and families and mental health professionals.|
|April 2020||Beacon Counselling Trust||£517,228||Project in collaboration with the Unite trade union, the Union Learning fund, and Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA), alongside employers, to roll out a Workplace Charter, to reduce harms in the workplace from gambling through education, support and referral to treatment.|
|April 2020||Beacon Counselling Trust||£30,000||Scoping project working with five police forces in the North West of England to support co-ordination of police forces’ problem gambling screening activity within custody suites, working alongside other criminal justice projects.|
|May 2020||Gambling Research Exchange (GREO)||£1,100,000 (part funded)||Evaluation based project which aims to accelerate the implementation and spread of effective, evidence-based initiatives for safer gambling.|
|June 2020||GamCare||£21,000||Project to enable gambling blocking software to be provided to individuals accessing the National Gambling helpline or GamCare treatment network, on a temporary basis.|
|June 2020||GamCare||£195,672||Ensuring GamCare maintains appropriate IT infrastructure to remain resilient during Covid-19 period|
|June 2020||Forward Trust||£30,900||Supporting offenders serving prison sentences across 19 sites, conducting a survey exercise to assess if issues with gambling have worsened during the coronavirus prison lockdown, and developing tailored self-help material and resources for prisoners coming up to release.|
|June 2020||PG Solutions (part of ARA Group)||£311,000||Project to test and evaluate safer gambling messaging and embed a safer gambling toolkit to support the messaging. The project aims to reduce the numbers of people harmed by problem gambling and improve the access to safer gambling information, advice, and help.|
|February – July 2020||GamCare||£500,000 (Part funded)||A project to enhance the delivery of youth education and age-appropriate treatment options. Design and delivery of both guided self-help and session plans for both young people and professionals. These will be available in both analogue and digital formats and supported by the existing evidence base around what works with young people.|
|July 2020||YGAM||£90,000||Stand-alone to respond to COVID-19 £90,000|
Development of Digital Learning (digital assets for flipped or fully online content solution,learning platform and of microsite)
Development of current face-to-face learning resources.
Development of Evaluation Framework
|July 2020||City University of London in partnership with LAB Group||£366,893||Project seeks to spot potential problem gambling earlier in the lifecycle, by mapping kinetic, typing, scrolling and other 'implicit' digital behavioural interactions via gambling and apps.|
It also aims to provide comparative linguistic analysis and nudge theory to facilitate safer gambling messaging and take-up tools and support.
|September 2020||Gambling with Lives||£102,600||Scoping of a Treatment Pathway project to be delivered in collaboration with Leeds and York NHS Partnership Trust, NHS England, City Council public health team, primary care team the project aims to develop clear care pathways for those experiencing gambling related harm. The pathway will be designed with stakeholders including people with lived experience, specialist treatment providers, public health and the third sector. |
The pathway will be designed with stakeholders including people with lived experience, specialist treatment providers, public health and the third sector.
|October 2020||TalkBanStop Campaign in partnership withGamcare, Gamban and GAMSTOP||£2,633,379||TalkBanStop partnership campaign.|
A 12-month pilot to promote, offer and evaluate the use of blocking software free of charge, alongside other tools for consumers which are already free of charge. The three organisations coming together to promote blocking software are:
|November 2020||Gamcare – Woman’s Programme||£1,669,000||Woman’s Programme: The programme comprises primarily of training and prevention activities, outreach and strategic stakeholder engagement for women how are experiencing gambling related harm.|
|November 2020||GamFam||£276,348||A pilot project which provides a support programme to families impacted by gambling related harms.|
|November 2020||Birmingham City Council in partnership with University of Birmingham||£393,800||Project aims to pilot the ability to detect and prevent gambling related harm as a cause of tenancy loss by establishing and putting in support mechanisms to those at risk or already engaged in harmful gambling.|
|November 2020||Beacon Counselling Trust in partnership with ARA - Recovery 4 All and GREO||£560,653||To meet the needs of an underserved ethnocultural population with unique cultural considerations, this two-year project will build capacity in the South Asian community to reduce gambling harms by: |
|November 2020||YGAM in partnership with Redcard, TalkGen and Clear View Research||£627,391||The project’s aim is to create a purposeful and tailored approach for gambling-harm prevention, with and for BAME communities. The project centres on understanding socio-cultural and religious contexts on shame and stigma.|
|December 2020||GREO-Global Research Exchange||£2,088,370||The project aims to develop a knowledge translation platform to facilitate evidence-based action in support of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harm in Great Britain. The next phase of the project builds upon the ‘research to inform action’ enabler of the National Strategy for the purpose of widening the research base and improving links between research and policy.||February 2021||Academic Forum for Gambling Research, facilitated by GREO||£574,600||This project will support the development of the Academic Forum for the Study of Gambling which is a coordinated body to support rigorous, independent research to prevent, reduce, and address gambling harms in the UK, facilitated by GREO.|
|February 2021||GamCare – Criminal Justice Project||£850,851||This project aims to deliver a bespoke two-year Gambling Harms and Criminal Justice (CJ) Development Project. The nature of the work will include:|
|March 2021||Beacon Counselling Trust Criminal Justice Police Custody Suites Screening, Horizon Scanning and Capacity Building Project||£984,000||This projects aims to use the findings from an initial pilot to develop a sustainable implementation model embedded within NHS commissioning. Beacon intend to work with the following Police forces over approximately three years to develop a model that will be suitable for roll out nationally:|
|March 2021||StepChange Debt Charity in partnership with Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC), University of Bristol and Northern Gambling Clinic||£63,604||This project aims to explore how to reduce the harm caused by gambling related over indebtedness among those who gamble and those with problem debts.|
|March 2021||Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN)||£394,000||Building on the work of ScotPHN to develop a whole systems approach to reducing gambling harms, this programme of activity supports development of public health surveillance approaches, evaluation of programme activity, local community capacity building and a summit on gambling harms to be held in Glasgow.|
|March 2021||Deal Me Out CIC||£161,103||This project aims to deliver a safer gambling awareness and education programme in Wales which will specifically target Welsh language users.|
|July 2021||Epic Restart Foundation||£500,000||The EPIC Restart Foundation pilot project will aim to help those recovering from the effects of gambling addiction to build resilience, find new and meaningful opportunities, and positively restart their lives after gambling by giving ongoing help after treatment to help prevent any relapse via a three-stage education programme.|
|July 2021||GamCare||£344,440||A 2-year project to accelerate GamCare’s work in improving signposting for gambling customers, specifically through developing industry codes for the display of safer gambling information and evaluating the impact of these codes on customer behaviour.|
Strict rules for operators
Under the terms of a settlement, there is to be no publicity or benefit for the operator in connection with the regulatory settlement.
Information for proposals for destinations of regulatory settlements
In the event of further regulatory settlements in the future, some information for organisations is available, as well as a template for proposals. We take compliance action in line with our Statement of Principles for Licensing and Enforcement and there is no guarantee that there will be further regulatory settlements.
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