GambleAware and NHS welcome mandatory RET levy
The tax, originally introduced as part of the United Kingdom’s recent gambling regulation white paper back in late April, proposes to collect a certain amount of funds from the country’s gambling operators to fund various gambling studies, as well as education and treatment campaigns.
NHS’s Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE stated:
“The mandatory RET tax introduced as part of the UK’s recent gambling legislation review has the opportunity to grant industry prevention and treatment initiatives enhanced funding to ensure the safety of the gambling sector, and it should be implemented imminently. In the meantime, the NHS will continue enhancing its collaboration with GambleAware to deliver top-notch assistance to people experiencing gambling harms all across the country.”
Zoe Osmond, GambleAware’s Chief Executive, commented:
“As a leading gambling charity, collaborating with healthcare organizations is vital to our success, and we are delighted to have such an excellent relationship with the NHS. We are eager to further enhance our collaboration with the NHS through the commissioning of the NGSN, which will make sure people in need can access high-quality gambling harm treatments.”
About a month before the tax was introduced, the BGC, an industry organization representing the United Kingdom’s top operators, published an announcement welcoming the at the time rumored levy and expressing concerns about the side effects the tax could have on retail operators. Check out the BGC’s take on the mandatory levy here.