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National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms 2019 to 2022

The sole aim of this three-year (2019 to 2022) National Strategy was to move faster and go further to reduce gambling harms.

Working in partnership

Regulators have a range of tools available to facilitate the adoption of best practice, including stopping provision or practices based on evidence of harm. Other bodies also have an interest in reducing gambling harms, and effective partnerships with regulators and other public bodies are essential to harness the potential of regulatory frameworks and standards to reduce gambling harms.

Regulators and other public bodies have a role to assess, understand and evaluate existing practices to find evidence of what does and doesn’t work, and take action to prevent harmful practices where evidence exists.

Partnership actions

To work with and support regulators and other bodies

Regulators such as the Advertising Standards Authority (opens in new tab) or the Competition and Markets Authority (opens in new tab) have a continued role to prevent unfair practices and inappropriate advertising which present an increased risk of harm to vulnerable consumers.

As the system for treatment services develops and expands, the role of oversight/ inspection will become increasingly important.

The Commission will continue to work with these regulators and will further develop working relationships with a range of other bodies.

To support effective local regulation

Licensing authorities have a co-regulatory role. The Commission will continue to support the important work of licensing authorities to implement an effective regime of premises inspection and enforcement to ensure operators are protecting young and vulnerable persons.

This work includes developing and actively applying statements of licensing policy on how they exercise their functions. These statements allow licensing authorities to reflect locally specific gambling concerns and set out clear expectations for local gambling operators to protect consumers and the wider public.

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