Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem-gambling charity has said.
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GambleAware told the Guardian it had lost patience after companies’ failure to pay left it facing a funding shortfall that risked undermining its efforts to help addicts.
The charity’s intervention comes before Tuesday’s publication of a long-awaited government review into the regulation of gambling machines and advertising.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport review is expected to recommend that the maximum £100 stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) be reduced due to concerns about their links to addiction.
But GambleAware said that, regardless of the review’s outcome, firms should be made to pay a statutory levy devoted to helping problem gamblers.