Gambling boss issues government levy warning

Neil Goulden, chief executive of Gala Coral, has warned the gambling industry that unless the industry meets its voluntary donation targets relating to problem gambling, then it should expect a big government levy.

Earlier this year, the gambling industry agreed to donate £4 million to the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RiGT), with that money going towards research into problem gambling.

However, only the three major players in the industry, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Gala Coral themselves have made sizeable contributions totalling £1.7 million.

“We are over £2m short of the target that we set. This is unacceptable. There can be no room for complacency about problem gambling within the industry, and companies must now make their contribution,” Goulden warned.

“If the industry will not voluntarily fund RiGT, we should not be surprised if a statutory levy is imposed on us. That would reflect badly on us as an industry. It is also likely to mean that smaller companies would end up paying more.”

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