New Funding Agreement For Treatment Services of Gambling Problems in the UK
GamCare and The Responsible Gambling Trust have signed a new agreement that will secure proper treatment services for gamblers and those affected by gambling. This agreement will be effective for three years, until 31 March 2015. GamCare’s growth in its industry is foreseen with this new agreement with a pending expansion of its services with a potential increase of £500,000 by 2014 or 2015.
CEO of the Responsible Gambling Trust, Marc Etches, announced the agreement with GamCare and has expressed their enthusiasm in working with the company. Both companies have started their new partnership with the same enthusiasm and cooperation to achieve mutual understanding and transparency in their work, as Etches had mentioned.
They had welcomed GamCare’s decision to work with them as well as its move to improve its performance to enhance their customer’s value for money. GamCare has commissioned external means to review its existing services all over the country. It has also committed itself to an evaluation program that will show them the impact of treatment services on those who have been harmed by gambling.
Jon Penrose, the Minister who was responsible for the gambling policy, welcomed this announcement and made his own statement. Penrose said, “Problem gambling is a very serious issue, so I’m delighted that new arrangements for raising and distributing funds for research, education, prevention and treatment are slotting into place.” He also said that this partnership between the Responsible Gambling Trust and GamCare is starting a new sensible support system for those negatively affected by gambling.
Anthony Jennens, Chairman of GamCare also issued his own announcement about the partnership. He had added that they had been delighted in seeing that many have started to realize what the GamCare trustees have worked hard for in the past years. They now have a security of funding through the help of the Responsible Trust for the national gambling helpline and improvement of the network of their services. GamCare can now concentrate in making sure a standard in providing help, advice and treatment across the UK.