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Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

ABSG progress report 2020


The Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) is responsible for reporting annually on the progress of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

This is the first Progress Report1, setting out our views on the achievements and the gaps to date, concluding with our recommendations for the second year of the Strategy2.

The findings are relevant to a wide range of audiences – particularly those partners involved already in the implementation of the National Strategy.

This report contributes to the objectives of the National Strategy by highlighting:

  • Successes, so that this activity can be built upon
  • Gaps and areas where progress has been slow, so that action can be taken to address this
  • Areas where we recommend attention is focused in year two (and three) of the strategy to achieve the greatest impact on the reduction of harms.


1 The impact of COVID-19 lockdown led to the delay of the publication of this report. This was done so that information on progress could be obtained from bodies delivering the strategy – many of which were directly involved in the public health response to the pandemic.

2 ABSG has drawn on a range of sources of expertise in reaching its conclusions. These include published research evidence and Annual Reports, interim project reports, Commission document reviews and Assurance Statements, and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders.

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