UK Responsible Gambling Fund Splits From GREaT

Admin. - August 3, 2011

RGF says its deal with industry-led fund raising organisation was "unworkable."

Britain's Responsible Gambling Fund, a charity that allocated funds for the research, education and treatment of gambling, has announced its split from industry-led fund raising organisation the GREaT Foundation.

Current arrangement "unworkable"

RGF said in a statement this week that its arrangement with the foundation was "unworkable", as its trustees found they were unable to operate with the degree of independence consistent with their own governance duties under charity law.

The fund said it had already made commitments extending over a number of years and urged GREat to honour them. It added that GREaT had already pledged its support to ensure the best possible outcome for beneficiaries.

Tackling problem gambling

Formed in 2009, RGF forms part of the arrangement formed by the Gambling Commission Review, and is tasked with distributing funds to take on problem gambling across all fields of the gaming industry, including online betting and online casinos.

Last year it made awarded grants and contracts to the value of £5.7 million, and commissioned the Royal College of GPs to run a training programme to improve the manner in which doctors and health care workers spot people who face harm from problem gambling.

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