Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has announced plans to increase its
efforts to minimise gambling-related harm with the publication of a new
National Responsible Gambling Strategy sets the agenda for a range of
organisations such as gambling operators, regulators, government, trade bodies,
commissioning organisations, treatment providers and other public agencies.
the RGSB following a year of consultation, the strategy identifies 12 areas for
action including an improvement in both understanding and measuring harm,
increased understanding of the effects of product characteristics and
environment, as well as improvement in the methods of identifying harmful play.
harm goes wider than the harm experienced by those identified as problem
gamblers by existing screening tools – it can also affect the families of
gamblers, their employers, their communities and society more widely,” RGSB
chairman Sir Christopher Kelly said.
strategy sets out a vision of what a desirable outcome would look like although
we recognise that achieving the vision will be a significant challenge,
requiring expertise, resources and commitment from a diverse range of
strategy represents a huge opportunity to improve social responsibility in
gambling, and minimise gambling-related harm.
strategy to make a real difference, it requires ownership and prompt action from
a wide range of organisations.”
to the new strategy, Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) chair Neil Goulden
praised the content of the plan and said that the organisation will work with
the RSGB on initiatives moving forward.
said: “The RGT shares the priorities laid out in the new RGSB strategy.
particular, RGT’s focus is on the development of more effective harm
minimisation for those whose gambling becomes problematic.
believe that prevention is better than having to help individuals, families and
society deal with the consequences of problem or dependent gambling.
just about funding treatment; it’s about preventing the harm and misery caused
by problem gambling.”
strategy to make a real difference, it requires ownership and prompt action
from a wide range of organisations.”