A programme worth £800,000 aimed at preventing and reducing gambling harms, has recently been approved by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, with the funding designated for the public health initiative designed to tackle gambling harms in Yorkshire and Humber.
Helping Those Affected by Gambling Harms
The approval is a three-year scheme that will focus on education and prevention whilst offering support and treatment to anyone who has been affected by problem gambling in the area.
"We welcome this ambitious project across Yorkshire and Humber. A well-planned, cohesive public health approach to tackling gambling harms is exactly what the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms was designed to stimulate," said UKGC Executive Director Tim Miller.
The UKGC has approved £800,000 in funding for an ambitious project in the Yorkshire and Humber region to tackle gambling harms.
"We are pleased to be able to approve the funding, which was agreed through regulatory settlements, as part of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms," Miller added.
Impact of the Pandemic
The commission recently conducted a survey that suggested gamblers had limited knowledge of the safer gambling tools available to them. The Covid-19 pandemic has also considerably impacted people's betting habits, with a rising number of suspicious activity reports, the survey revealed.
"We aim to deliver a gold standard programme that can be replicated across the UK. We are in the unique position of having a diverse population across city, town, rural and coastal environments, which offers the potential for an effective activity blueprint that could be used by other regions," said Greg Fell, Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber harmful gambling working group.
"We know high deprivation areas and low-income workers are disproportionately negatively affected by gambling, so this will be our focus," Fell pointed out.