Voluntary Settlements

Within the regulatory process, licenced operators may offer to make donations to socially responsible causes as part of a voluntary settlement with the Gambling Commission.

In 2016/17, GambleAware received over £340,000 towards its work under the terms of such agreements which allowed it to invest in a range of treatment, harm minimisation and research projects over and above those funded by ordinary donations.

The Gambling Commission is willing to rely on assurances from GambleAware that such donations have been made as promised and spent appropriately within the terms it has agreed with the operator.  Directing such funds via GambleAware also ensures they are spent strategically, and that maximum benefit is achieved by, for example, making a capital investment in a service which will then receive ongoing operational GambleAware funding.

GambleAware can accept donations as part of a voluntary settlement provided the agreed use of funds supports the National Responsible Gambling Strategy and accelerates the delivery of the strategy rather than displacing ordinary funding.

Operators considering including a donation to GambleAware as part of a settlement offer to the Gambling Commission should contact our Fundraising Director to discuss any options they have in mind.