Mission and aims

Written by Professor Jim Orford.

Mission Statement

Gambling Watch UK is an organisation which is independent of Government and the gambling industry. It exists to question the present policy of support for the expansion of gambling in the UK and to propose alternative policies which would have the effect of preventing such expansion. Its members believe that the expansion of gambling is harmful from a public health perspective and is inconsistent with support for positive cultural values. It does not campaign for the total prohibition of gambling.

Aims

  • To generate debate about the role of gambling in our society.
  • To understand and challenge the arguments used by those individuals and organisations lobbying for gambling expansion.
  • To keep a critical watch on gambling policy developments in the UK and elsewhere.
  • To make positive policy proposals regarding gambling which are in line with the organisation’s Mission Statement.
  • To understand better the attitudes of the public towards gambling in its different forms.
  • To marshal support in opposition to gambling expansion.
  • To support other organisations nationally and internationally whose aims are in line with those of Gambling Watch UK.

 

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Why Gambling Watch UK is needed?

Opportunities for gambling in Britain have increased very considerably in the last 20 years and were given further encouragement with the passing of the 2005 Gambling Act. The latest British Gambling Prevalence Survey, carried out in 2009/10, found that between one third and one half a million British adults experienced a gambling problem in the previous 12 months.
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Our Mission and Aims

Gambling Watch UK is an organisation, independent of Government or the gambling industry, which exists to question the present policy of support for the expansion of gambling in the UK and to propose alternative policies which would have the effect of preventing such expansion, which it's members believe is harmful from a public health perspective ...
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We believe there is overwhelming support for the view that there are already too many opportunities for gambling and that this is bad for individual, family and community health, but our voices need to be heard if we are to influence public policy. If you agree with the Mission and Aims of Gambling Watch UK, then please register your support.
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