This week UK-based gambling charity GambleAware has announced that they've issued a £300,000 grant that'll be used to furnish research into gambling harms associated with minority communities.
The study will be run by Ipsos MORI and run for 18 months to study both socially excluded communities as well as marginalised communities. The group will look at what drives gambling harm in the communities, as well as look at the services, policies, and interventions that the betting industry can work in to help mitigate some of those issues.
After the study is conducted, it will be written up and published in 2023, but Ipsos will issue interim reports.
Initially, the grant was good for £250,000, but an extra £50,000 was added to help ensure the project's success.
In a statement, GambleAware's Jay St.John Levy said, "The experiences of minority communities around gambling are at present under-researched in Great Britain, yet evidence suggests that these groups are more likely to experience harm from gambling, and less likely to access gambling treatment services, compared with white communities.
"We are very pleased to award this grant to these two consortia who together bring considerable expertise focussing on people's nuanced lived realities. This will help explore why these communities experience a greater burden of harm, and how to break down the barriers preventing them from accessing services.
"This research will better ensure that GambleAware and others can commission a broad range of treatment and support services that work for minority ethnic, language, and religious communities. It is therefore an important step towards reducing the current inequalities in gambling harms."