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Gambling and Debt Pathfinder Study

The Gambling and Debt Pathfinder Study was funded by GamCare and the Money Advice Trust (MAT), and supported by the Salvation Army.1 This study critically examines the nature of the relationship between gambling and debt. This has been achieved by investigating the wider social issues associated with gambling-related debt, in order to understand the strategies used by individuals and families coping with gambling-related debt and explore the help-seeking strategies employed by problem gamblers and debtors.

The need for a study of the relationship between gambling and debt was recognised independently by GamCare and MAT. The research was supported by the Salvation Army, the largest non-statutory provider of social care services in the UK. The Salvation Army’s involvement was particularly valuable in facilitating the participation of homeless people in this research.

The research team have also benefitted greatly from the knowledge, support and advice of Geoffrey Godbold (when Chief Executive of GamCare), Eileen Kinghan (GamCare) and Jim Fearnley (MAT). Our thanks go to these people and to all who have helped make this study possible through their participation.

Gambling and Debt Pathfinder Study