Gambling: Addictions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th September 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much her Department has spent commissioning research into problem gambling in each of the last five years; and whether it is her policy that gambling harms are a public health issue.

Photo of Dr Caroline Johnson Dr Caroline Johnson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We are committed to tackling gambling-related harms through a public health approach, recognising the potential impacts on individuals, their families, close associates and society. The Department funds research through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The following table shows the funding allocated for research into problem gambling through the NIHR’s research programmes in each of the last five years.

2017/18

£0.00

2018/19

£0.00

2019/20

£97,535.81

2020/21

£121,439.68

2021/22

£695,254.73

In 2019, the former Public Health England conducted an evidence review of gambling-related harms. The cost of research commissioned through this review was £8,000.

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