Gambling survey to help develop new strategy

We are running a survey about gambling and gambling-related harms to improve our support offer in this area.

The survey will run for four weeks from Monday 4 October to Monday 1 November, and the information gathered will help develop a borough-wide strategy for gambling and gambling-related harms.

At present, we know very little about the gambling behaviours of people in Barnsley and the impact this has on those around them. By taking part in this survey and helping us gather this information, we can put support in place for those who need it, helping those struggling with gambling or those suffering due to someone else’s gambling.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Cabinet spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Gambling is a common part of our society, and it comes in many forms: a football coupon, a lottery ticket or a scratchcard bought over the counter in a corner shop or supermarket, for example.

“Children are even encouraged to participate in gambling whilst playing their online video games, through the purchase of loot boxes or in-game currencies, which introduces them to gambling-related behaviour at an early age.

“Problem gambling and addiction to gambling can have devastating effects on people and their families through financial issues which impact on their lives or, in extreme cases, can lead to suicide.

“It’s vitally important that we have the right support in Barnsley for those who may have an issue with gambling or are affected by someone else’s gambling, which is why we’re running this survey to inform and shape the help we can offer.”

To complete the survey, please visit bit.ly/BarnsleyGamblingSurvey

If you are having problems with gambling, please speak to GamCare by going to www.gamcare.org.uk or by calling 0800 80 20 133.

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