Details of GambleAware donations across the first quarter of the year have been released, and the independent charity and support network reported donations were slightly lower year-on-year.
GambleAware, the UK’s leading charitable organisation for problem gamblers, reported details of its finances for the first quarter of the 2023-24 financial year.
In total, they received £430,813 in donations and pledges – £317,099 in Research, Education and Treatment (RET) contributions from UK bookmakers, and £113,714 in non-RET donations. The latter was entirely made up of donations from 888.
All-in-all, this total represents a 1.1% dip from Q1 in GambleAware’s financial year in 2022-23.
At the time of writing, betting sites and operators are asked to contribute a minimum 0.1% of their gross gaming yield (GGY) to GambleAware on an annual basis.
However, the government’s recently published Gambling White Paper called for a mandatory levy which would see operators forced to contribute a higher percentage of their GGY.
On average, RET donations came in at £2,757. GambleAware report that this is down 9% year-on-year despite further pressures on operators to be held accountable.
GambleAware also suggested there were very few donations, if any, from the UK’s largest operators in Q1. These betting sites do however prefer to donate at the end of the financial year.
Donations totalled £46.5m for GambleAware’s 2022-23 financial year – a 34.0% jump year-on-year – and it is hoped the pressures from the government’s white paper will go some way to helping donations increase.
- BetFred – £50,000
- Games Global – £35,000
- Star Racing – £28,916
- Betway – £25,000
- Virgin Bet – £22,836
- Postcode Lottery – £18,708
- LiveScore – £15,574
- Castle Leisure – £14,000
- Bandai Namco Amusement Europe – £10,640
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