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Gambling: Taxation

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL7791, tabled on 11 May 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make the 0.1 per cent levy on the gambling industry mandatory rather than voluntary.

Answered on

29 May 2018

The Gambling Commission requires all operators licensed under the Gambling Act 2005 to make a contribution towards the research, prevention and treatment of gambling-related harm. It does not specify how much this should be, nor which organisations should be supported.

We considered research, education and treatment as part of our Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility. The response was published on 17 May. The Review looked at protections across the gambling industry and support for those who experience harm, including the arrangements for funding support.

GambleAware is the leading charity commissioning research, education and treatment, and currently asks operators to donate 0.1% of their Gross Gambling Yield (GGY). Most do, with GambleAware receiving £9.4m in 2017/18, up 16% from the previous year. Industry also made donations to other bodies supporting research, education and treatment, bringing industry’s collective support for RET to above 0.1% of its GGY.

We want to see an effective and sustainable voluntary system, with improved coordination and better understanding of what measures are most effective to ensure future funding increases will be spent in the most effective way. Our response outlined a number of initiatives that continue to improve the current system, increasing access to services and strengthening the evidence base.

Each year, the Minister for Public Health writes to PHE setting out the organisation’s strategic remit and priorities for the next year. For 2018/19, PHE is explicitly committed for the first time to action on gambling-related harm. As a first step, Government has asked PHE to carry out a review of the evidence relating to the public health harms of gambling.

The Government does not consider that introducing a statutory levy is necessary or appropriate at this stage.