About

The Responsible Gambling Trust is the leading charity in the UK committed to minimising gambling-related harm. As an independent national charity funded by donations from the gambling industry, the Responsible Gambling Trust funds education, prevention and treatment services and commissions research to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harm. The aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensure that those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.

The Responsible Gambling Trust raises a minimum of £5million each year from the gambling industry operating in Britain within a voluntary (donation based) system and funds research, education, prevention and treatment services. Funding priorities are guided by the national strategy advised by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and endorsed by the Gambling Commission. The latest strategy was published in December 2012.

The Responsible Gambling Trust develops its commissioning plans in collaboration with the RGSB and the Gambling Commission. These arrangements are underpinned by an 'assurance and governance framework' agreed between the three parties and rely on openness, transparency and partnership to deliver results. The framework was published in August 2012.

In developing its commissioning plans, the Responsible Gambling Trust takes into account the need to generate widespread trust and credibility in an industry-funded body. It does this in a number of ways:

  • Appointing wholly independent trustees
  • Inviting the Government, the Gambling Commission and the RGSB to observe Responsible Gambling Trust board and committee meetings
  • Publishing details of how funds will be distributed each year guided by the RGSB's rolling three-year strategy as endorsed by the Gambling Commission
  • Ensuring research is commissioned via an independent research committee in consultation with the RGSB
  • Seeking advice from external experts in collaboration with the RGSB

As an independent national charity, the Responsible Gambling Trust is registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and has adopted its 'Hallmarks of an Effective Charity' to ensure best practice.