Bookmakers give 1p a year to gambling addict charity, says report

James McMath

1 Jan 1970

Updated: 19 Nov 2023

Bookmakers are giving as little as 1p a year to a charity that helps gambling addicts, according to a report.

The Times says that GambleAware - Britain's biggest gambling-related charity - has accused the bookmaking industry neglecting its responsibilities.

GambleAware does not publish who gives what because donations can only be revealed by consent. Sources within the charity said, however, that some companies gave only 1p last year.

Marc Etches, of GambleAware, told The Times: “Our aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling and to ensure those who do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.

"We all need to do more to raise awareness of the services available and to ensure sufficient capacity to meet increased demand.

“This requires all businesses that profit from gambling to step up to the plate in the next 12 months to help us achieve our objectives.

"While we continue to see the merits of maintaining the voluntary system of funding for research, education and treatment, our first priority has to be providing sufficient help for all those who seek it, so we would not hesitate in supporting the commencement of a statutory levy if the voluntary system fails to deliver.”