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Press release

Details of funding required for RGSB published

17 January 2017

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board has published its assessment of the quantum of funding required to deliver the National Responsible Gambling Strategy.

The paper focuses on the costs that are likely to fall on GambleAware. This needs to be raised from the gambling industry and other relevant stakeholders who are committed to minimising gambling-related harm.

Sir Christopher Kelly, RGSB Chairman said:

“When we published the strategy, we said its success was dependent on sufficient funds being made available to support its delivery. We encourage everyone with a responsibility for the delivery of the strategy, particularly the gambling industry, to ensure they are playing their part in meeting this commitment.”

He added “Channelling funding through GambleAware helps provide a coordinated approach leading to better value for money and more impact.”

The paper sets out an independent assessment of quantum of funding required. However, the paper also notes that making an accurate assessment is very difficult as there are a number of factors that could drive costs up or down.

Note to editors

  1. The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board was set up in late 2008 to advise the Gambling Commission and, in turn, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on research, education and treatment programmes needed to support a national responsible gambling strategy and associated funding requirements.
  2. The Gambling Commission regulates gambling in the public interest alongside licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.
  3. Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

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