Question ref. S5O-04354
Asked by: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 20 May 2020
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to research by GambleAware, which suggests that 46% of people with a gambling problem are not accessing treatment and support.
Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 28 May 2020
The Scottish Government is already working with GambleAware and the Gambling Commission on the implementation of the Commission's National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms , which was published in 2019. It is estimated that one percent of the adult population in Scotland has some sort of problem with gambling. The three-year strategy calls for collaboration, evaluation and research as the basis for improvement. The aims of the strategy are to develop an appropriate regulatory framework to prevent harm and to develop existing, and new, treatment pathways to treat the harms associated with gambling. In Scotland, we are working closely with Public Health Scotland to assess existing evidence on which pathways to treatment are likely to be most successful in Scotland. This includes some evaluation of pathways being trialled in other nations. We are also keen to understand why some people with problematic gambling are not accessing treatment and support services.