GambleAware response to the Gambling White Paper
Statement in full from GambleAware's CEO, Zoë Osmond, in response to the publication of the Gambling White Paper
In response to the publication of the Gambling White Paper, Zoë Osmond, CEO of GambleAware, said:
“Today’s Gambling White Paper is a welcome step in the right direction for the prevention of gambling harms. It is encouraging to see these commitments for a sustainable and transparent funding model as well as greater consumer protections, particularly in the online space.
“This is a substantial package of measures. In particular, we whole-heartedly support the introduction of a statutory levy on the gambling industry to ensure sustainable and transparent funding for research, education and treatment. This is essential for vital services such as the GambleAware-commissioned National Gambling Support Network, which works alongside the NHS, and provides free support and treatment for people experiencing gambling harms across Great Britain.
“After so many delays to the publication of the White Paper, it is now critical that we act with urgency to ensure that the measures outlined are implemented swiftly, especially given that so many of them are subject to further consultation.
“The lack of greater regulation on gambling advertising and marketing is a missed opportunity, particularly in regard to protecting children. Almost half (45%) of 11–17-year-olds are exposed to gambling marketing on social media each week. Our research shows that increased exposure to gambling can influence attitudes towards gambling and the likelihood of gambling participation in the future, which in turn comes with an increased risk of harm.
“Gambling harm is a serious public health issue, which can affect individuals, families and communities across Great Britain. These harms inevitably reflect wider social and health inequalities and a whole-system approach is needed to address the issue. The reforms outlined in this White Paper are a big step towards that goal and we look forward to continuing to play our full part in collective efforts, alongside the Government, to achieve a society free from gambling harms.
“If you’re worried about how gambling makes you feel, we can help. For free and confidential advice, tools and support, search GambleAware or contact the National Gambling Helpline, available 24/7, on 0808 8020 133”
The White Paper, published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, is available on their website.