GambleAware calls for funding certainty despite pledge progress

GambleAware calls for funding certainty despite pledge progress

Thursday, August 2, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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The charity received a total of £2.8 million from April to June 2018

GambleAware is “cautiously optimistic” for the coming months after revealing that total pledges during its Q1 2018 period (April to June) amounted to £2.8 million.

CEO Marc Etches pointed to receiving just over £1 million in voluntary donations in the corresponding quarter of last year as evidence of “good progress” for the charity.

The additional money raised has allowed GambleAware to commit a total of £14 million over three-years to treatment services provided by GamCare, which includes an enhanced budget to increase the support provided not only to gamblers, but also to their friends and family.

Etches told TotallyGaming.com: “The additional receipt of voluntary settlements has allowed us to expand and accelerate our expenditure to help reduce gambling-related harms.”

“There is still some way to go, but we are cautiously optimistic for the coming months,” Etches continued. “We have just agreed a three-year funding arrangement with GamCare to deliver the National Gambling Helpline, provide a national network of talking therapies, and provide remote access help for those who prefer online support.”

This revised three-year arrangement also means that GamCare can embed its new Model of Care framework to offer a broader range of interventions for a wider range of treatment needs, thus encouraging more people to access support before they reach ‘crisis point’.

However, Etches admitted that GambleAware requires a “certainty of funding” to support to cover a proposed £32 million spend over the next two years (2018-2020). This includes an estimated £9.8 million for research and £5.6 million for education, as well as the £14 million for treatment.

Totally Gaming says: The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) estimates that GambleAware requires a minimum of £10 million in voluntary donations to deliver its current responsibilities under the National Responsible Gambling Strategy. In order to raise this, the charity asks all those who profit from gambling in Britain to donate a minimum 0.1% of their annual gross gambling yield (GGY), while those who achieve annual gross gambling revenues of less than £250,000 per annum are expected to donate a minimum of £250.

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