GambleAware has announced a record year of charitable contributions from UK registered gambling companies, totaling £19 million.
GambleAware announced a near £9 million increase in voluntary donations from UK operators in its summary of donations for the year ending 31 March 2021, bringing total contributions for 2019/2020 to £10.05 million.
‘Big Four’ operators
The ‘£100 million RET commitment’ promised by UK gambling’s ‘Big Four’ operators – Entain Plc, William Hill, Flutter Entertainment, and bet365 – is credited by GambleAware with the substantial increase in support.
Flutter Entertainment, a member of the FTSE 100, came out on top of GambleAware’s 2020 donations, giving the organisation £9.3 million in direct donations.
Entain Plc came in second, donating a total of £4.3 million to GambleAware, while the Big Four donated a total of £15.4 million (81 percent of total funding).
GambleAware has collected £8.8 million in regulatory settlements in addition to support from charitable contributions.
Aiding programmes and initiatives
The funds will go into GambleAware programmes and initiatives aimed at strengthening gambling science, education, and addiction services, such as the National Gambling Recovery Program, which provides the National Gambling Helpline.
The CEO of GambleAware, Zo Osmond, said: “This growth in donations is the largest we’ve seen year on year driven largely as a result of the commitment by the ‘Big Four.
“This will enable us to continue and expand our work to ensure evidence-informed services are developed according to need within a robust and accountable system. We will shortly be releasing our commissioning strategy which will detail how we plan to use this increased funding to help keep people safe from gambling harms.”
Both registered gambling companies in the United Kingdom are required to donate 0.1 percent of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) to GambleAware.
Companies with net gross gambling income of fewer than £250,000 are asked to contribute at least £250 to the problem gambling recovery support charity.