Adding to the ongoing focus upon the funding of research, education and treatment of problem gambling (to which we most recently referred in last week’s website posting entitled “Gambling and public health – policy action to prevent harm”), GambleAware has announced that it is to invest an additional £3.9million for up to three years in order to fund expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service through GamCare and its network of partners across Great Britain.
Explaining how such funding will be apportioned, it says that the money will:
- enable the National Gambling Helpline to provide advice and brief interventions to more people (£705,000),
- enable people to have access to computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy where this is clinically appropriate (£435,000),
- develop peer support so that people who are recovering from gambling addiction can help others to access treatment and aftercare (£438,000) and
- expand provision of face-to-face treatment services in England, Scotland and Wales (£2.35million).
You can download below GambleAware’s press release relating to this announcement. This follows GambleAware’s recent announcement that it had received £7.3 million in one-off regulatory settlements during the last year, that will enable it to plan spending significantly more than the £10 million it seeks each year from the gambling industry through voluntary donations in the short term.