Gambling industry urged to give more to addiction causes

The gambling industry has been criticised for only raising £800,000 for gambling-related charities since the beginning of last year.

The industry should be paying about £3 million a year to organisations that help compulsive gamblers, according to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. "The industry gives a pitiful amount of money, although it makes billions,

said Labour backbencher Debra Shipley. "The industry needs to dig into its pockets, either voluntarily or because it is required to."

Shipley is taking part in the Committee's investigations into the problems caused by gambling. "There are two areas that need funding: direct help for abusive gamblers and more research into what makes an abusive gambler,

she said.

The Committee has called on a selection of charities including GamCare, the gambling counselling service, to give evidence in a series of hearings leading to a Parliamentary report.

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