GambleAware reveals £16m in Q3 donations
bet365 LEDs GambleAwareThe betting company’s donation list provided £4.2million as the gambling charity revealed a list of its donations and pledges in the third quarter.
Publication of a list of operators who have made financial contributions to the charity responsible for gambling in the first three quarters of the 2021/22 financial year.
Throughout the period, a total of £16 million was donated to the organization by UK betting operators, who are asked to contribute 0.1% of their gross gaming returns to the group.
“GambleAware continues to push for a mandatory levy to combat gambling harms and ensure transparency and consistency across the industry,” GambleAware detailed.
“Establishing such a system would provide the sustainable funding that is vital for the delivery of research, treatment and prevention.”
Closely following bet365’s contribution, which mirrored its first half figures, was Entain at £4m and William Hill at £1m, in line with the operators’ pledge in the UK to increase the amount of their GGY donated to GambleAware at one percent. .
In the latest update, other major contributors included were Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited (£93,714), Unibet UK (£92,000), TSG Interactive Services (£80,000), Betway (£60,200), Playtech ( £51,768), Videoslots (£50,000), White Hat Gaming (£47,230), Broadway Gaming (£30,000), Star Racing (£26,069.00), 32Red (£28,000) and Gamesys (£22,998 £).
GambleAware uses operator funding to support its four key go-live objectives of raising awareness, addressing inequity, building service capacity and providing access to support.
The funding is also intended to fund the National Gambling Treatment Service, the Annual Treatment and Support Survey and Gambling Education Hubs.
In its donor update for the first three quarters of the fiscal year, GambleAware reiterated its calls for a mandatory levy to address gambling harms and enhance cross-industry transparency and consistency.
“Establishing such a system would provide the sustainable funding that is vital for the delivery of research, treatment and prevention,” GambleAware detailed.
Zoe Osmond, GambleAware CEOclarified the charity’s position on the matter after announcing earlier this year that the NHS would stop accepting funding from gambling organisations.
Saying a levy would ensure all companies are “held accountable”, the CEO argued the system would ensure greater transparency on industry’s commitment to research, education and treatment programs on problem gambling.