RGA takes strong stance against gambling addiction

12 Dec 2017

rga gamble awareThe Remote Gambling Association has publicly announced their anti-gambling addiction interests as they have requested from the UK to implement a statutory levy that will replace the current voluntary funding system. The RGA is concerned from the sharp increase in problematic gambler percentages and has placed itself on the front run of protecting vulnerable groups. As things stand, players are technically safeguarded by GambleAware, a national organization that is tasked with providing information and help to persons who are facing the risk of problematic gambling. GambleAware's main source of financing comes from various donors, non-profit organizations and bookmakers (mainly from the RGA) who believe that uncontrolled gambling is a distinct possibility within Britain.

The RGA has repeatedly applauded GambleAware's work and is now taking a clear stance to protect minors and under-risk players with their recent initiative. They have cited that a tax levy is already in reserve power within the Gambling Act of 2005 and will actively promote its implementation in the January DCMS.

Commenting on the proposal, the RGA’s Chief Executive, Clive Hawkswood, said: “There has been much to commend in the voluntary funding system, but if we are to combat problem gambling to the best of our ability and to minimise gambling related harm, then now is the time for change and for a fresh start.  We are all disappointed that the current system has been the subject of so much criticism and has struggled with fundraising, but we need to put that behind us. We have acknowledged the problem and put forward a long-term solution."

"We believe everyone’s efforts should now be focussed on bringing this change about.  For the industry this should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat.  More funding is needed if we are to fulfil our responsibilities to everyone in this country who gambles, and especially those who are affected by problem gambling. A statutory levy will ensure the right funds are raised in a fair and open process and, crucially, that they are allocated in a way that is transparent, independent, and achieves measurable benefits.”

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