Five of the top UK gambling operators – Bet365, Flutter Entertainment, GVC Holdings, Sky Betting and Gaming, and William Hill – have requested Lord Chadlington to chair an independent committee to address the administration of safer gambling funds.
A spokesperson on behalf of the five gambling operators said: “We are absolutely committed to providing further funding toward treatment and other responsible gambling initiatives, and we believe the committee will identify and recommend how best to deploy effectively this investment.
“We believe this is an important step towards creating a safer gambling environment and look forward to reviewing and implementing its recommendations later this year.”
Responding to the request of the big five, Lord Chadlington has been requested to chair and form a committee to devise a mechanism to channel the receipt and allocation of funds for safer gambling initiatives.
In his statement to the press, Lord Chadlington said: “The committee will consult widely to formulate its recommendations taking account in particular of the views of government, regulators, the third sector, gambling operators and those with lived experience.
“I am pleased to accept the invitation to chair this committee, particularly as the five gambling companies are committed to implementing any reasonable recommendations it may make. I will announce the membership of the committee by mid-September.”