Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: problem gambling

Under-fire Commission admits problem gambling is low and stable

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A rather sheepish Neil McArthur, CEO of the Gambling Commission, and a somewhat more assertive Sarah Healey, Permanent Secretary of the DCMS, took questions from MPs this week in a hearing about the recent National Audit Office report. Their answer: Problem gambling rates are low, stable, and hard to research further due to a lack of detrimental impact on health and society.

Industry digs deep to meet £10m GambleAware funding target

Gamble-Aware’s funding target of £10m has been reached, although that will do little to drown out the miseries of a vociferous anti-gambling lobby. But, it’s a significant change in pace for the betting and gambling sectors who have started to rise to the challenge of social responsibility.

UK bookmakers increase funding for problem gambling treatment

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Whether it’s too late in coming, it has at least finally come. The leading bookmakers have made good on their promise to raise their contribution to funding

Bookmakers up problem gambling treatment funding

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The UK’s biggest bookmakers have agreed to increase funding for problem gambling treatment to £100m over the next four years.   Owners have confirmed that they will increase their voluntary levy on gambling profits from 0.1 percent to 1 percent. The companies include Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Skybet, William Hill and Bet 365. “This is an unprecedented level of commitment and collaboration...

Irish minister describes regulatory remit as enactment date delayed

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Irish minister of state David Stanton has announced the long-heralded national gambling regulator is set to be officially established at the end of 2020, with..

Gambling Commission launches new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

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The Gambling Commission has today (25 April) launched the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, a three-year strategy which will drive and coordinate work to bring a lasting impact on reducing gambling harms. For the first time health bodies, charities, regulators and businesses will come together in partnership to effectively tackle the issue – with the Commission calling for...

Wright confirms government considering gambling credit-card ban

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The culture secretary has said the government will follow the lead of the Gambling Commission, which is conducting a call-for-evidence on the issue of credit card use in gambling.

Parliamentary group expands problem gambling inquiry

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The recently-formed Gambling Related Harm APPG has announced a series of evidence sessions to further its inquiry into the harms associated with online gambling. The committee, previously the APPG investigating FOBTs, has retained MP Carolyn Harris as chair and will continue to assess the impact of online sites on problem gamblers. “Vice-chairs Iain Duncan Smith MP and Ronnie Cowan MP have...

Problem gambling down, according to official GC figures

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Amid the cacophony of noise from the-oft frenzied problem gambling clamour, last week there was one tiny little sound wave on a frequency pitched at an uncomfortable level for most authorities and interest groups to lend an ear to. Listen carefully, tune in and you could hear the sound of problem gambling statistics falling 17 percent in 2018 - dropping...

UK government expands NHS problem gambling treatment

The UK government has announced a significant increase in problem gambling treatment funding as part of its ten year strategy for the NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan, announced on 7 January, outlined the provision of £2.3bn annually for mental health treatment by 2023, including dedicated problem gambling services. “There will be a new guarantee that investment in primary, community and...

Bradford licensing policy to underline problem play

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The latest licensing policy under review by Bradford Council will refer to recent studies highlighting certain public health risks with regards to problem gambling. Bradford Council’s update to its latest draft policy in handling the licensing applications of gambling premises sees the addition of findings from a 2016 study - which detailed an increased rate of problem gambling amongst younger...

Gambleaware to fund NHS treatment facility in Leeds

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GambleAware has announced that it will commission a new NHS facility in Leeds to treat those recognised to have problems with gambling. The new clinic will be operated between Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the GamCare Network and will be the second such venue funded by GambleAware. Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware commented: “The London clinic for...

Devolution necessary to fight problem gambling

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Greater regulatory powers must be devolved to the Scottish Parliament if it is to tackle problem gambling practices more effectively, thats the claim made by Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, during the recent Responsible Gambling Week. Newlands was attending a Parliamentary drop-in event in support of RGW when he raised the issue of regulation devolution. He discussed...

Do the banks hold the key to tackling problem gambling?

Two so-called ‘challenger banks’ are living up to their reputation. Monzo and Starling banks have introduced a block to help problem gamblers control their gambling habits. And it’s working. Now, the Gambling Commission and doctors are calling for the big five banks to follow suit. The industry, which has long called for bank intervention, is expected to drive the...

Why problem gambling just doesn’t add up

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In a blog post excerpt, Regulus Partners’ Dan Waugh considers the pitfalls of misaligning activity with evaluation; and asks whether manipulation of problem gambling statistics by is acceptable - even in the pursuit of noble objectives.   What is the point of ‘Safer Gambling’? No seriously, what precisely is the point? Amidst all the hand-wringing, virtue-signalling and self-flagellation, what exactly are...

RGW gears up for annual campaign

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The 2018 Responsible GamblingWeek will benefit from a completely new online presence in its drive to reach out to new audiences and spread its core message. The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has launched a brand new web- site that will provide a central resource for information point for supporting organisations, customers, staff and the the general public alike. Alongside this...

Distrust and discord: The state of UK gambling regulation

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The latest survey findings on problem gambling confirm that the level has remained stable and without any discernible rise in six years. But, suggests Ken Scott, despite this good news the fractious divide between industry and regulator is only likely to get wider. Only a British regulator can eke misery out of statistics that show problem gambling has not risen...

Problem gambling rate stable, says findings of latest Health Survey

The most recent national survey of gambling behaviour shows that - despite frequent rhetoric to the contrary - the incidence of problem-gambling within the UK populace is flat. The latest combined Health Survey published by the Gambling Commission suggests that there has been no discernible rise in the rate of problem gambling in the UK over the course of the past...

UKGC heralds launch of four-year data drive

The Gambling Commission and its partners are, apparently, still in the dark as to the characteristics of UK problem gambling - as they choose an extended exercise in number-crunching over expediting the passing of common-sense legislation. In the latest move to tighten its grip on the industry, the Gambling Commission will soon reach out to operators throughout the land, in an...

GambleAware announce two-year £32m budget thanks to “bad behaviour”, but who pays next time?

With its coffers swollen by ‘regulatory settlements’, GambleAware has announced a £32m budget and a major acceleration in the delivery of its programme for 2018- 20. But who will pay next time, and how? GambleAware has doubled its budget and will spend £32m tackling gambling-related harms over the next two years. Details revealed in the charity’s new Strategic Delivery Plan for...

Lord Chadlington calls for new “independent commission” funded by mandatory levy

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The gambling industry has always been an easy target, but recent negativity has increasingly placed it in the crosshairs of politicians. Lord Chadlington is the latest to take aim, and he wants an “independent commission” funded by a mandatory levy of one percent. In an editorial published in The House Magazine, Lord Chadlington - the Tory party’s in-house PR veteran...

Gambling Business Group calls time on under reporting of industry contributions to RET amid requests for transparency from the Commission

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It’s time that transparency cuts both ways, so argues influential strategic body the Gambling Business Group. At a time when the industry often finds itself under the microscope, the GBG believes the contribution to research, education and treatment is far greater than it is given credit for. And in this image-conscious battleground, the industry has, the group suggests, been...

Bacta supports YGAM with £14,000 donation

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Money to help safeguard young people against problem gambling. Bacta, the trade association for the UK’s amusement and gaming machine industry, has presented a cheque for £14,000 to Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) to help it with its work in safeguarding young people against problem gambling. Lee Willows, Chief Executive of YGAM says “We are hugely appreciative of Bacta’s support to...

WHO considers classifying gaming addiction as “disorder”

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  Efforts to tackle gaming addiction received a significant boost after the World Health Organisation (WHO) included “gaming disorder” in a draft classification paper.   The addictive qualities of video games have been subject to debate amongst health experts and psychologists for more than a decade. Although still in draft form, the WHO’s 2018 International Classification of Diseases includes gaming disorder under...

Responsible Gambling Week: Sparking informed conversations

Coinslot sits down with John Hagan, chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, to discuss the group’s campaign to raise awareness of responsible gambling ahead the subject’s dedicated week from 12-18 October.   Coinslot: What inspired the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) to launch Responsible Gambling Week? John Hagan: The industry works tirelessly to promote responsible gambling - it...

Labour Party: gambling operators should foot gambling addicts’ health bill

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Gambling operators may be compelled to fund treatment for gambling addicts under new plans from the UK Labour Party.   Deputy party leader Tom Watson’s office released excerpts of a speech which he intends to deliver at the party’s annual conference, which kicked off in Brighton today Watson will call on UK gambling operators to pay the National Health Service bills for...

Commission renews calls for action on problem gamblers

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New research from the Gambling Commission published on 24 August has found that the percentage of "problem" gamblers remains low but stagnant. In the same report, the regulator has called for a renewed focus on addressing the harms that can arise from the issue. Tim Miller (pictured), Commission executive director, said: “For many, gambling is an enjoyable leisure activity. But for...

Approaches to problem gambling must be based on the evidence alone

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As the industry braces itself for the latest developments in the Government’s review of stakes and prizes, Malcom George, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, argues that the recommendations should be based on evidence rather than prejudice. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is now considering the evidence submitted by the betting industry, academics, charities and campaign groups to the...