After finding no grounds for further investigation, the UK Charity Commission dismissed its “regulatory case” against the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM).
The regulator was responding to a complaint over YGAM’s relationship with the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), an industry standards and trade organisation.
In response to the complaint, YGAM explained that its tight relations with the BGC were required to deliver the ‘Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme’ across England and Wales, which required BGC members’ assistance.
GamCare, the UK’s premier problem gambling treatment and support organisation, collaborated on the youth-led education initiative.
The Commission was reassured by YGAM’s working relationship with the BGC, in which the parties had “sufficient mechanisms in place to ensure no conflicts of interest and independence are maintained,” according to the Commission.
Furthermore, YGAM emphasised its governance system, which is led by an independent board of trustees who volunteer their time to enhance problem gambling education standards among young people at their most formative age.
Fundamental RET focus
The UK Gambling Commission has identified YGAM projects as a fundamental RET focus for advancing the National Strategy to decrease gambling-related harms.
Responding to YGAM’s case the BGC said: “The BGC and our members are proud to support the superb work being done by YGAM and GamCare through the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, which in its first year exceeded its targets for providing education for young people and training for those who work with them.”
YGAM also stated that it would continue to carry out its four-year national programme, which is a first-of-its-kind directive aimed at providing evidence-based education, training, and support to young people in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as collaborate with other organisations that support young people in Scotland.
It added: “We are pleased the Charity Commission have reached this conclusion so swiftly. Our engagement with the charities regulator was productive and provided an opportunity to present evidence to demonstrate independence and robust governance.
“Our hard-working team continue to deliver our charitable objectives and increase our social impact through our award-winning education programmes.”