It seems that every year we have the same conversations regarding Denise Coates' extortionate salary. However, on this particular anniversary of the draw-dropping figures being released into the public domain, I was asked to give my thoughts on them by The Times newspaper.
The full article is behind a paywall which can be accessed by clicking here. My comments are as below: -
Kishan Patel, from the gambling harm group TalkGEN, said that the money could be used to fund services to address gambling addiction. "Research, education and treatment into gambling harm has been chronically underfunded for several years now and the Denise Coates Foundation sites on £300 million and [has] never made any donation to reduce or prevent gambling harm," he claimed.
"I presume the foundation isn't going to lose that source of income any time soon and this is a huge amount of money that could have been hugely useful during this difficult period for the UK.
"The UK is miles behind other countries like New Zealand and Australia in tackling gambling harm. Using a larger chunk of this huge sum could help the UK catch up and avoid more families suffering from the devastating consequences of gambling addiction."