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Yorkshire and the Humber has received £800,000 in funds from the Gambling Commission as part of a regulatory settlement to combat gambling-related harms across the region.
Individuals and their families facing problem gambling will have access to assistance and therapy through the three-year programme, which will focus on education and prevention.
Yorkshire and the Humber will implement a coordinated and comprehensive strategy to gambling harm across the region, led by Public Health Directors and delivered as part of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.
Gold standard programme
Yorkshire and Humber problematic gambling working group head Greg Fell said: “We aim to deliver a gold standard programme that can be replicated across the UK.
“We are in the unique position of having a diverse population across city, town, rural and coastal environments, which offers the potential for an effective activity blueprint that could be used by other regions.
“We know high deprivation areas and low income workers are disproportionately negatively affected by gambling, so this will be our focus.”
Improving problem gambling detection
The programme will work with individuals and communities to raise awareness and reduce stigma by improving problem gambling detection through workplace training, directing gamblers to self-management and support, protecting high-risk and vulnerable groups from gambling-related harm, and working with individuals and communities to raise awareness and reduce stigma.
The UKGC’s executive director, Tim Miller, stated: “We welcome this ambitious project across Yorkshire and Humber. A cohesive public health approach to tackling gambling harms is exactly what the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms aims to stimulate. We are pleased to be able to approve the funding, which was agreed through a regulatory settlement.”
He added: “Gambling is a problem when it impacts, disrupts or damages an individual, their family or interferes with daily life. It is vital we do all we can to protect the most vulnerable in society, given the pace at which the gambling industry is growing and developing.”