Podcast: Let's talk about gambling and public health in London

  • By Jack Eddy

Let's talk about gambling and public health in London, with Jack Eddy (Principal Policy and Project Officer, Health and Adult Services) and Valerie Solomon (Policy and Projects Manager, Health and Adult Services).

This podcast informs members about the topical issue of gambling. It sets out the London context and the relevance to public health, explains the boroughs’ role and responsibilities around gambling and finally, includes the government’s action and London Councils’ response to support boroughs.

  • Gambling is increasingly seen as a key public health issue that is attracting national attention, with 60% of problem gamblers suffering from depression, and 13% attempting suicide
  • There are currently an estimated 400,000 – 600,000 problem gamblers in the UK, including 60,000 11-15 year olds
  • Since 2010, there has been a substantial increase in the number of gambling premises in London, particularly in areas of high deprivation and higher need

Members are welcome to submit views, comments and suggestions to: valerie.solomon@londoncouncils.gov.uk and share your opinions with other members across London.  

Useful links:

London Councils’ ‘A Whole Council Approach to Gambling’ publication

London Councils’ Member Briefing on Gambling

Gambling case studies: London boroughs

Gambling Commission – for Licensing Authorities

Gamcare  - Organisation offering support, advice for people with problem gambling

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Jack Eddy, Principal Policy and Project Officer, Health and Adult Services