‘We need to accelerate efforts to involve people with lived experience in reducing gambling harm’

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 30th June 2020

ALLIANCE programme included as key case study in Advisory Board's Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harm.

The Advisory Board for Safer Gambling has launched its Year One Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms (this link will take you away from our website). The report presents key progress and recommended next steps for the successful delivery of the National Strategy. It includes reference to the ALLIANCE’s Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm programme as key case study for involving people with lived experience at the heart of delivering the National Strategy.

Key points from the report:

  • There needs to be an acceleration of efforts to involve people with lived
    experience in the delivery of the National Strategy.
  • Failure to make progress on the issue of gambling related suicide must be urgently addressed.
  • Priority recommendations for year two of the National Strategy include establishing a safer gambling league table and key baseline metrics from which to set targets and measure progress. Government, regulators, industry, the NHS and third sector
    organisations should agree areas of responsibility for ensuring these metrics are
    in place.
  • To make faster progress on treatment, the NHS should lead the creation of a
    national treatment strategy working in partnership with the third sector. Agreed
    care pathways between the NHS and other providers are essential to the
    development of equitable services and there needs to be rapid implementation of
    quality assurance processes to monitor existing provision.
  • Greater progress is also required to secure more effective arrangements for
    commissioning research – particularly on the measurement of gambling harms.
  • The report urges progress on a statutory levy to underpin all of this work with
    sustainable, independent funding. Without the levy, progress will be limited.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges to almost every
    aspect of life in Britain. Gambling activity is no exception and the exhortation to
    “Build Back Better” is as relevant to the goal of safer gambling as it is elsewhere
    in society.
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