GambleAware joins government calls for statutory levy

GambleAware joins government calls for statutory levy

Friday, December 15, 2017 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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Both GambleAware and the ABB came out in support of the RGA's announcement earlier in the week

GambleAware, the UK charity committed to minimising gambling related harm, has announced its support for The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) after it said it would urge the government to introduce a statutory levy to replace the current system of voluntary funding.

Marc Etches of GambleAware told TotallyGaming.com: “The current voluntary system is not delivering the level of funding the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has determined is required to meet the demands placed on GambleAware by the National Responsible Gambling Strategy. Given the charity’s objectives, trustees are mindful of what is in the best interests of those who it is committed to help when it comes to advocating for the continuation of the current ‘voluntary donation’ arrangements.

"While some companies are relatively generous, the industry more widely has yet to demonstrate that it is sufficiently willing to meet the current target, much less that it is minded to voluntarily meet the increased funding that will be necessary to improve research, education and treatment services to the extent that GambleAware and others think appropriate.

“On this basis, GambleAware agrees that a statutory levy is now necessary. Trustees have made this position clear to both the Gambling Commission and RGSB. In the meantime, from 1st April 2018, GambleAware will ask all companies to ‘self-certify’ what proportion of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) their donations to GambleAware represents, and will publish details of donations on its website.”

Overseen by GambleAware, the current system is in place to ensure that research, education, and treatment of problem gambling are properly funded.

It was originally established by the gambling industry to provide finances for a range of social responsibility projects, in spite of the RGA calling for a shakeup in the way the system is funded.

GambleAware did emphasise that full credit should be given to all those companies who have contributed to it regularly over the years. Adding that without this support, there would have been few or no specialist treatment services in Great Britain and less resource available for research and education.

Totally Gaming says: It's hard to argue with the rationality of statutory levy to help the industry help combat problem gambling. GambleAware will soon ask all companies to ‘self-certify’ what proportion of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) their donations represent, with full details to be published on its website.
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