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The Gambling Commission has welcomed a new report published by Citizens Advice today, which considers the causes and impacts of problem gambling.

Tim Miller, executive director at the Gambling Commission said: “Citizens Advice provides a vital gateway to vulnerable consumers, particularly those that are already seeking support for their issues, including problematic gambling. We welcome this report which puts a focussed lens on those that are at the extreme end of gambling-related harm, and provides a strong start in us being able to understand the impact problem gambling can have beyond the individual gambler themselves; on friends, family, work colleagues and communities.  

“This report will also help us understand the costs associated with its impact on public health services, on families and communities, on employment and debt, and on justice and court services. Understanding the full impact of problem gambling will help the industry, the Commission and other key stakeholders to properly manage and minimise those impacts.  Together we can work towards the prevention of gambling-related harm, as well as ensuring that effective support and treatment is readily available for those who need it.”

In November the Gambling Commission launched a three-year strategy, which sets out a commitment to prevent harm to consumers and the public.

 

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Posted on 23 January 2018