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Sutcliffe said: "The trustees of RGF are satisfied that the assurances given to them by RIGT are sufficiently robust to allow them to develop three-year funding programmes.
RIGT chairman, Ryedale MP John Greenway, said the trust was seeking an early agreement with the strategy board to provide continuity of funding for existing commitments to such as GamCare, Gordon House, the Soho Clinic and various research projects.
Work on creating the commissioning body is expected to be concluded in the next fortnight, but RIGT has already made first-quarter payments to these organisations.
With the new strategy board in place, and a new distribution body being established to allocate funding to agreed projects, it makes good sense for RIGT to continue its vital fundraising role.
For the bookmaking industry, which has led the way in funding RIGT over its three-year history, the payment is based on gross win, the amount left behind by winning punters.
The government has warned the gambling industry that it risked having a levy imposed if voluntary payments to RIGT did not reach satisfactory levels.
RIGT chairman, Tory MP John Greenway, said: "We're very pleased with the overwhelming support shown by the industry for our business plans and income targets.
However, ABB deputy chief executive Russ Phillips said that the increase would be conditional on RIGT putting in place rigorous systems for chasing non-payers.
RIGT has an annual target yield of pounds 4 million, and a spokesman revealed yesterday that two-thirds had been raised for the current financial year, but that the bulk had come from the major operators.
The RIGT, an independent charity funded by the gambling industry, raised pounds 3 million in 2006-07 and is seeking to increase its income to pounds 7m by 2010.
In the past three years, RIGT has spent pounds 6m on tackling problem gambling in Britain, an issue that directly involves 0.
RIGT director Malcolm Bruce said: "We're committed to funding the counselling and treatment provided by the charity - we'll continue to work with them.