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The Gambling Commission and the Directors of Public Protection Wales will be hosting a reception at the Welsh Assembly today aimed at building partnerships to reduce gambling-related harm.

The event comes on the back of data recently published by the Commission that showed there are approximately 27,000 problem gamblers in Wales and a further 95,000 at risk gamblers.

The reception will include contributions from Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison, Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans AM, and Chair of Public Protection Wales Mark Elliott.

Ms Harrison said: “There are over 120,000 people in Wales who are problem gamblers or at risk of developing a problem. The harms that can arise from gambling can be even more wide reaching - affecting families, businesses and communities.

“By working in close partnership with the Welsh Assembly, local councils, and advice bodies we are seeking to tackle gambling-related harm and make gambling fairer and safer for people in Wales.”

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Posted on 20 September 2017