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Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

ABSG progress report 2020

Governance and delivery

For every strategy, effective governance and oversight are essential to success. The National Strategy for Reducing Gambling Harms has required new structures to be formed. Some of these are not yet fully in place and some have been delayed by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

This section describes the progress and challenges in creating the necessary infrastructure to deliver the National Strategy, including implementation structures, involvement of people with lived experience, funding and research.

Governance and delivery – summary of progress


  • Strategy Implementation groups in Scotland and Wales now forming.
  • Work with people with lived experience commenced to co-create structures to put people with lived experience at the heart of implementation in Scotland.
  • The Gambling Commission announced plans to form an ‘experts by experience’ group to inform its own regulatory work.
  • The Gambling Commission is publishing quarterly implementation updates to highlight new activity being delivered to reduce gambling harms.


  • Limited cross government ownership of gambling harms.
  • Strategy Implementation group for England not yet in place.
  • No formal structures for involving people with lived experience in implementation decisions in England or Wales.
  • A risk register for the strategy has not been published.
  • Metrics for measuring progress not yet agreed.
  • Funding too reliant on voluntary donations from the Gambling Industry.
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