To support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, the Gambling Commission has announced a key new role for independent research dissemination specialist Gambling Research Exchange (GREO).
GREO will develop a programme of activity to support the new strategy’s two priority areas – Prevention and Education, and Treatment and Support, and will focus on the dissemination of research, applying research to policy and international collaboration.
Tim Miller, executive director at the Gambling Commission said: “The new role for GREO to support the National Strategy is a perfect example of the collaboration we called for in the Strategy.
“GREO is a well-respected independent research organisation with a wealth of experience in gambling research and dissemination. Ultimately, their expertise, networks and insight will help us and our partners to accelerate progress over the next three years.”
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Trudy Smit Quosai from Gambling Research Exchange added: “We are thrilled to announced our work as part of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. It means we will be working with the best thinkers around the world to help tackle the issue and provide independent, evidence-based research to support the strategy’s priorities.”
Funding for the work will come from Gambling Commission regulatory settlements.
Reducing Gambling Harms want to make better and faster progress, the sole and critical aim of this National Strategy for the next three years.
To drive this faster progress, they are putting the full weight of regulation behind this strategy by taking on ownership of it from their advisers, now named the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (previously Responsible Gambling Strategy Board).
They welcome the positive contribution that the previous strategy had on ensuring that gambling harms are recognised as a public health issue.
Building on that contribution, there is now a real opportunity to move faster and go further to have a positive and significant impact on reducing the harms that gambling can cause to individuals, families, and society.
Reducing gambling harms will not be without challenges, not least because there’s a need to know more about where and how those harms are felt. A great deal is known about how much gambling takes place, with a reasonable picture about the numbers of problem gamblers.
That is why a central action within the strategy is to implement the framework that was published last year to understand and measure gambling harms.