he RGF became fully operational last spring after being established in 2009 and distributes funds that have been voluntarily collected from the gambling industry by the GREaT Foundation. Both were the product of the Gambling Commission Review of 2008 and seen as a way to fund research and treatment of problem gambling without instituting a statutory industry-wide levy. They also work with the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, which advises the Gambling Commission and the government on the programmes needed in order to institute and maintain a national responsible gambling strategy.
“The RGF has given notice that it is terminating the funding agreement with GREaT,” read a statement released by the RGF on Thursday. “Our trustees found that the tri-partite arrangement set up after the review of research, education and treatment of problem gambling in 2008 to be unworkable and that they were unable to operate with the degree of independence consistent with their governance documents and their duties under charity law.
“The RGF’s trustees and staff are already planning how to operate between now and the end of March of 2012 when the agreement ends. We will be talking to GREaT about how to manage the current grants and contracts. We have made commitments that extend over a number of years and we urge the industry-led fundraising body to honour these. GREaT has already told us that it will give us its help and support in making the best possible continuing arrangements for our beneficiaries.”
In a separate announcement, British registered problem gambling charity GamCare stated that it had ‘worked closely’ with GREaT ‘since its creation in 2009’ and would be offering ‘all our help and support to them to ensure there is no disruption in services for problem gamblers’.