Review of research, education and treatment: Final report and recommendations

Abstract

This report sets out the conclusions and recommendations of the Gambling Commission's review of the current voluntary arrangements for the industry's funding of gambling research, public education and treatment. It aims to estimate the funding needed for each of research, education and treatment; identify the most appropriate organisational arrangements (including governance and management) for distributing such funding and the commissioning of research, education and treatment; and consider the merits of different methods of raising such funding (including consideration of the statutory levy provided for in the Gambling Act 2005). It concludes that the current voluntary arrangements are not working effectively and need to be improved. Proposes an overhauled voluntary arrangement, with a a Strategy Board, a new fundraising body and a new Distributor and a commitment by the industry to provide funding at agreed levels on a three year rolling basis. Recommends that the Government start preparing the introduction of a levy in case new voluntary arrangements are not agreed; that the proposed arrangements remain an option until then; and that the Gambling Commission creates the Strategy Board.

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