Welcome to the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF)

Our work

Detailed information on our three main areas of work can be found under the Research, Education and Treatment and Advice pages. The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board determines the strategy and priorities for research, education and treatment, and we take full account of their strategy.

Our work to date has involved us providing grants to organisations like Gordon Moody, GamCare and the National Problem Gambling Clinic, who can provide advice and treatment for problem gambling and those affected by it. We are currently working towards the commissioning of treatment services. We fund educational initiatives about problem gambling for young people in schools and youth clubs. The evidence base for all this work is provided through our research initiatives.

We work with multiple organsations to help people understand the risks in gambling, particularly automated logic games such as fruit/slot machines. Learning about the games that are used by gamblers is a huge step to overcoming your addiction and stop you getting in debt. There are many organisations and websites that can help you, Poker is generally a game played by friends but has recently grown considerably online over the last decade where people around the world can play digitally, you need to learn how to play poker and understand how difficult it can be before you think about playing as it can easily lead to addiction.

RGF exists to tackle problem gambling in Britain through the funding of treatment, research and education programmes.

"Problem gambling is characterised by difficulties in limiting the money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others, or for the community." (Neal, Delfabbro & O'Neil, 2005).

Latest News
  • 13% of gamblers have admitted to using payday loans to pay for their gambling addiction. The recent report comes just as payday loan companies such as Wonga have come under fire in the press recently about lending to vulnerable customers, it has emerged that a number of those are gamblers.

  • The RGF-funded study into the location and distribution of gambling machines has been published. Read more here.

  • The RGF-funded study into the location and distribution of gambling machines has been published. The study finds that the areas with the highest density of gambling machines are found in some of the poorest areas in Great Britain. Read the full press release from the researchers Geofutures and NatCen here.

  • RGSB have published their 2011 Strategy. Read the press release here and the Strategy here.

  • RGF and Skills for Justice are about to launch a public consultation on the content of the draft National Occupational Standards. Read more here.

  • RGF and RGSB publish their monthly e-bulletin. Read more here.