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Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

ABSG progress report 2020

  1. Contents
  2. Section 6: Recommendations and priorities for 2020
  3. Recommendations – Delivery and governance

Recommendations – Delivery and governance

ABSG’s key recommendations are:

  • Develop structures and responsibilities for implementation in England, Scotland and Wales – which would establish clear roles, decision making and accountability. Multiple stakeholders need to work in collaboration to achieve this.
  • Accelerate progress involving people with lived experience in the implementation of the National Strategy – particularly in England and Wales, where best practice in creating infrastructures could be transferred from developments that are starting to take place in Scotland.
  • The Gambling Commission to deliver its commitment to form an Expert by Experience Advisory Group to directly inform its work, and to explore with DCMS how people with lived experience can contribute at Board level in the Commission.
  • Accelerate progress towards a mandatory levy – so independent funding can be secured to fund activity and engage the right delivery partners. In the meantime, progress must continue by finding ways to channel available funding to priority activities.
  • Create appropriate infrastructures with the national Research Councils for funding and commissioning research. Prioritise a new prevalence survey to be completed by April 2021 and longitudinal study in place by April 2022.

Measures of Longer-Term Success

Aiming for

  • Effective delivery arrangements in each of the three Nations.
  • Government should play a leading role – recognising that reducing gambling harms requires co-ordinated action beyond just regulation of operators. People with lived experience to be engaged and able to influence decisions.


  • Regular meetings of key stakeholders from government, public health, regulation and health.
  • Development of effective forums for people with lived experience in Scotland, England and Wales.


  • Relying on voluntary funding arrangements to provide the resources to deliver activity to reduce gambling related harms.
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