Today (21/04/16) I had the opportunity today to quiz the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what his department is doing to help those who are affected by gambling related harm. Just yesterday I met with Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) the leading charity in Britain committed to minimising gambling-related harm. The charity’s aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensure those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.
I have taken an active interest in the issues surrounding gambling, including dormant betting accounts and Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). As we are aware, gambling is a multi-billion pound industry and it’s vital the all those involved continue to play their part in promoting responsible gambling. As indicated by the Responsible Gambling Trust, they receive around £7m from the betting industry towards providing research, education and treatment into gambling related harm.
Therefore, I’m keen to know what funding the Government provide to support those with gambling addictions and issues and will be writing to the Secretary of State for Culture for further clarification on the subject. We must ensure there is help available to those who have a problem with gambling and they receive fast and effective treatment and support.