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15th Jul 2022 Rowan Walker

GambleAware statement on the gambling White Paper

Ahead of the publication of the gambling White Paper, GambleAware has issued a statement from our CEO, Zoë Osmond.

GambleAware media statement regarding the gambling White Paper

GambleAware is the leading charity working to reduce gambling harms. As an independent charity, accountable to the Charity Commission, we are the lead commissioner of prevention and treatment services to help those experiencing gambling harms across Great Britain.

Zoë Osmond, Chief Executive, GambleAware said: “We are deeply concerned by the risk of further delays to the gambling White Paper. Failure to act now puts more people at risk of gambling harms and only exacerbates what is an increasingly serious public health issue. We are concerned that the combination of the growing cost of living, ongoing impact of the pandemic and rise of online gambling may be creating a perfect storm, meaning more people are at risk of suffering gambling harm.

“We, and other third sector organisations need a committed and consistent approach to funding. This would ensure future certainty and stability to provide support and treatment, prevent further gambling harm and make more people aware of the risks of gambling."

Millions of people experience gambling harms and each year GambleAware enables thousands of people to access free, confidential support services through the National Gambling Treatment Service. Anyone concerned about their gambling, or that of a someone close to them, should go to BeGambleAware.org.