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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?

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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...