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Vulnerability to Gambling Related Harm Research

The council has been looking at identifying who is at greater risk of being vulnerable to gambling related harm, and where they are located within Manchester. In 2015, the council partnered with Westminster City Council to commission Geofutures: Gambling and Places Research Hub to undertake research to explore area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm.

From the research, two reports have been produced:

  • Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Who is vulnerable? Findings from a quick scoping review
  • Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Developing the gambling-related harm risk index.

Additionally, Geofutures have developed an online mapping tool so that residents, gambling operators or other interested parties can look more closely at the gambling-related harm risk index locally. There is a

The research will be used to guide the council in revising its Statement of Licensing Principles for Gambling which defines how it administers and ensures compliance with premises licences under the Act. This research is also intended to support the gambling industry in identifying local areas of risk to gambling. This will enable each operator to meet the requirements of undertaking and completing local area risk assessments in accordance with the Gambling Commission's Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice, which must be in place from 6 April 2016. Care providers can use the outputs from this research for targeted intervention for care provision, education and treatment for those who are most at risk.

Read more information on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Gambling Harm Reduction Programme

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