The Great Britain Gambling Commission has committed £32,844,197 to support the harm prevention charity GambleAware with hopes of establishing a secure system stabilisation fund.
The selected sum of money would support GambleAware’s services during their transition from voluntary funding to a statutory levy.
Back in April, the origin of a statutory levy was instated in the Gambling Act review white paper and has been deemed one of the most important proposals in recent times.
On the 26th July, consultations over four issues in the white paper were opened, in hopes of a correct and fair outcome.
Previously, GambleAware has publicly supported the proposed levy, with chief executive Zoë Osmond saying it would provide “certainty and stability” for funding.
The £32.8m that has been committed by the commission is believed to be directed towards securing GamblingAware’s current procedure that observes the harm that comes with gambling – a prevention, support and treatment layout.
These funds are also aiming to support GamblingAware’s ploy to lower inequities that are currently present in gambling harm treatment and levelling ‘outcomes, experience and access.’
The charity would additionally work to develop an integrated system and improve access to services through research.
After this committed chunk of money, the Commission have labelled three sections that are of the highest importance. Building the evidence for gambling harms, research into the system over how funds or services are provided and evidence translation of dissemination.
The Commission also included the specific aspects of how the money will be spent and how a series of annual reports will be released to highlight all expenditure
The current state of affairs are as follows, in terms of the ‘statutory levy.’ Operators are currently asked to donate a minimum of 0.1% of their gross gambling yield to GambleAware per annum. But as the white paper highlights, a statutory levy would make this process non-negotiable.
The statutory levy has received backing by NHS England and the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). The BGC also claims that the only way it would support the mandatory system is if it was independent and also factored in land-based operators.
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