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GambleAware received a record £49.5m (€58.1m) in voluntary donations during the 2023/24 financial year, with the four largest operators contributing £46.6m.

These operators made a four-year commitment to raise their contributions to 1% of GGY. The 2023/24 financial year marked the final year in this commitment.

Despite the 13.8% year-on-year increase in donations, GambleAware warned of uncertainty for funding in the 2024/5 financial year, citing the need for clarity and implementation timeline of the new statutory levy on operators.

GambleAware CEO Zoë Osmond said: “For many years we have been calling for the introduction of a statutory levy on the gambling industry and we are pleased the Government has committed to delivering this as part of the Gambling White Paper.”

Steps will be taken by GambleAware to ensure there is no disruption to existing services during the transition period toward the new levy model.

At this time, gambling operator funding remains the primary source of funding for its services.

GambleAware said it advocates for the statutory levy as a necessary reform, while maintaining a robust governance system to ensure that industry contributions do not influence its activities.

Where do GambleAware donations come from?

Donations to GambleAware primarily come from operators. The top donations from operators include Flutter Entertainment at £18m, Entain Group at £16.8m and evoke plc-owned William Hill at £6m.

Also leading the list was bet365’s Hillside (UK Gaming) ENC at £1.3m and Allwyn subsidiary Camelot UK Lotteries at £451,800.

GambleAware received more than 900 donations from operators and other organisations.

The charity asks all entities profiting from gambling to contribute at least 0.1% of their annual GGY to support its initiatives.

In this period, GambleAware also generated £322,297 in additional donations from unclaimed winnings and dormant accounts, as well as £33.5m in donations from regulatory settlements enforced on operators and delivered by the Gambling Commission.

Regulatory settlement donations are managed as a restricted fund allocated to prevent problem gambling during the transition period from a voluntary to a statutory levy system.

GambleAware uses the funds for public health campaigns, educational programmes, and treatment services aimed at reducing problem gambling.

GambleAware controversy

The announcement of these donations follows allegations from the Good Law Project that GambleAware promotes the interests of the gambling industry.

The Charity Commission opened a regulatory compliance case against GambleAware in May.

GambleAware called these claims inaccurate and misleading.

Osmond said: “The complaint lodged to the Charity Commission by The Good Law project is based on misleading and outdated information.

“While we are confident that this complaint will not be upheld, we are deeply concerned that inaccurate headlines and misleading newspaper articles may have a damaging impact on our services and the people that rely on them.”

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