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ABSG Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms – Year Two

ABSG - Year two Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

1 - Delivery and governance

This section focuses on the progress made to establish strong delivery mechanisms, including governance, leadership, evidence and funding. These aspects are essential to making effective progress and creating sustainable changes.

Summary of findings


  • increased involvement and co-production with people with lived experience of gambling harms
  • Gambling Commission re-design of statistical outputs
  • greater focus on evaluation – both of the impact of new regulatory policy and of pilot projects funded to support delivery of the National Strategy
  • Strategy Implementation Groups for Scotland and Wales established
  • increased activity at place-based level in England
  • Gambling Commission commitment to identify metrics to measure its own performance and impact.


  • limited progress on national co-ordination in England
  • limited progress on agreed metrics on the Strategy
  • no progress on data repository
  • delayed publication of PHE Evidence Review
  • slow progress on timetable for NICE guideline development
  • the roadmap for research funding remains unclear
  • no progress on aligning with established research funders to improve transparency and robustness.
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Progress involving people with lived experience of gambling harms.
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