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Before the new strategy, covering April 2019 to March 2022, was published, a number of changes were made. The title of the advisory body was altered to Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) The body’s new chair, Dr Anna van der Gaag, explained: “Our new name reflects the need for greater clarity about everyone’s roles in the delivery of the new strategy. Gambling harms are rightly recognised as a public health issue …”

The task of the ABSG is to “provide independent advice to the Commission as it works to implement the new strategy over the next three years and ensure progress is made on reducing gambling harms.”

Another change was that the new strategy which was published in April 2019 was not just the strategy of the advisory body, but was adopted by the Commission as its own National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms 2019– 2022.242 The Chairman of the Commission explained in the Strategy’s Foreword that “we are putting the full weight of regulation behind this strategy by taking on ownership of it from our advisers”.


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