Guardian Newspaper Criticizes Responsible Gambling Trust ‘Conflict of Interest’

Guardian Newspaper Criticizes Responsible Gambling Trust ‘Conflict of Interest’

Neil Goulden says that industry participation in scientific studies are vital to the understanding of problem gambling and to the work of the RGT.

Neil Goulden, head of the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) into the UK, has been called out by Britain’s Guardian newsprint for an obvious conflict of interests.

As chair of this RGT, Goulden presides on the country’s leading charity devoted to problem that is minimizing, and yet he is also a former seat associated with Association of British Bookmakers ABB), an industry lobby group.

The positions had been held concurrently between 2012 and mid-2014.

Goulden’s affiliations to both groups are no secret, of course; as a board that is former of Ladbrokes and previous president of the Gala Coral Group, he is very much indeed a public face of the gambling industry.

But, once the Guardian opined this week, the fact that RGT is chaired by way of a doyen of the industry and funded by donations from gambling organizations raises questions about its integrity and also the nature that is balanced of research.

As well as funding education, prevention, and treatment services for problem gamblers, RGT commissions research devoted to broadening the understanding of problem gambling problems.

But because of its affiliations, does it avoid asking the questions that are really tough the industry, and it is its research program entirely independent of industry interest Continue reading “Guardian Newspaper Criticizes Responsible Gambling Trust ‘Conflict of Interest’”