RGSB submits reducing gambling harms advice to UKGC

News on 19 Feb 2019

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB)  has issued its advice to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) on the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

The RGSB has submitted ten primary recommendations, many of which build on its previously publicised advice.

Among the RGSB’s recommendations is its belief that treatment should rest with Great Britain health departments and not, as at present, with a charity funded by voluntary donations.  The advisory body proposes the introduction of a compulsory levy on the industry to replace the present voluntary arrangements and fund prevention, treatment and underpinning research on a greater scale, with a strong and transparent structure for the distribution of the funds raised.

Another recommendation tackles the potential impact of gambling advertising and marketing on vulnerable groups, particularly children and young adults, with the RGSB saying further consideration should be given to appropriate controls “applying the precautionary principle and drawing on evidence from the marketing of products like alcohol and tobacco”.

The full advice can be read here.

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