UKGC To Conduct New Research Into Harms Of Gambling
August 15, 2018
The UK Gambling Commission have called on the operators of the gambling industry to help them find out ways to prevent consumers harming themselves when participating in gambling-related activity.
The operators will be tasked with providing information and data on the products they offer both in-shop and online, and also on the environments in which they operate. From this, the UKGC will try to deduce the characteristics associated with harmful play
The research to take place will be commissioned by the independent charity GambleAware, and will be jointly supported by the UKGC’s expert advisors and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.
“Our strategy sets out our commitment to preventing harm to consumers from the risks gambling can pose,” said the programme director the UKGC, Ben Haden. “Success of this relies on growing our evidence base to better understand the types of gambling products and services that present more of a risk of harm to consumers than others.
“Gambling firms have an important role to play in achieving this as they hold comprehensive data that is vital to this research. It goes beyond simply analysing the data which is already reported to us by operators and we will be encouraging the industry to get involved.”
The UK Gambling Commission have attempted to crack down forcefully on operators in the past 18 months while the UK Government also cut the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to £2 in May in a bid to prevent problem gambling.
However, the latest UKGC figures estimate that there are currently 430,000 problem gamblers in the UK, 25,000 of which are children in the 11-16 age group.
“GambleAware is pleased to be working with the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board on a project that will help us to better understand gambling behaviour across different products and to know what characteristics are most strongly associated with harm – focusing on the online sector in the first phase and moving onto other sectors in subsequent phases,” said the director of research commissioning at GambleAware.
“For the first time, we will be able to look comprehensively across the gambling industry to understand where the risk of harm lies and by making data available to researchers, the industry can gain new insights to prevent harm and to ensure customers gamble safely.”
GambleAware have conducted 31 studies into problem gambling since 2013, however the number of problem gamblers has increased year on year.