The under-secretary to the Department for Culture Media and Sports in the UK, Tracey Crouch, has spoken out about her concerns over the state of responsible gambling in the UK’s industry staying more needs to be done.
Speaking at the Responsible Gambling Trust’s Harm Minimisation Conference in London last month, Crouch urged attendees to work more closely with government bodies to ensure that gambling in the UK remains responsible and sustainable.
Crouch said: “There is much that we can feel good about: a united endeavour between industry, regulator and government who work together to provide a safe and fun leisure industry.
“Goodwill alone however will not get us anywhere fast. The invaluable work of the RGT is to steer attention and resources where it can be of the most benefit in the shortest time possible.”
The RGT currently requests the industry pays 0.1 percent of its total GGY to go towards research treatment and education programmes aimed at mitigating the negative effects of gambling. The Gambling Commission estimates this should amount to approximately £9m each year.
Neil Goulden, chairman of the RGT said: “Many operators are generous and go beyond what we ask but it is true to say a large number of operators contribute nothing and others short change the target.
“So, today, I am calling upon the trade associations, under the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling umbrella, to encourage operators to up their game in support of RGT. With your help, RGT has achieved a lot, but we have an ambitious agenda before us and we will need your support even more in the three years ahead.”