Tag Archives: Anna Hemmings

HSBC announces extension of gambling block feature to 72 hours

HSBC UK has confirmed that the cooling off period for its gambling block feature has been extended from 24 hours to 72 hours. The announcement follows the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) revelation that there has been a month-on-month increase of 29% in gross gambling yield (GGY) and a 7% increase in active accounts. Maxine Pritchard, Head of Financial Inclusion and …

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GamCare, GamBan and Gamstop team up for TalkBanStop launch

Three responsible gaming awareness organisations – GamCare, GamBan and Gamstop – have joined together to launch a 12 month pilot, starting today. The pilot, known as TalkBanStop, will offer free tools to support problem gamblers in managing their betting behaviours, with the aim of helping those struggling over the Christmas period. Support will be provided via trained advisors available on …

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YGAM expands education programme to Northern Ireland

YGAM expands education programme to Northern Ireland

Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) will deliver its education and support programme across Northern Ireland with the support of GamCare. The new initiative will primarily focus on safeguarding future generations from gambling and gaming related harms, building on the initiative which YGAM – with the backing of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) – has previously rolled out …

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The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

The launch of the Gambling Act review: how the industry has reacted

As the gambling industry wakes up to the announcement that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be launching its review into the 2005 Gambling Act, the news has been largely welcomed by various different stakeholders from across the sector. The review, which is expected to result in the biggest reform of UK gambling laws since the …

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GamCare highlights work of LCGS in new report

GamCare highlights work of LCGS in new report

A year on from launching the Leeds Community Gambling Service (LCGS), GamCare has published a new report which tracks the work and progress the service has carried out. The LCGS is formed by GamCare working alongside the NHS Northern Gambling Service and NECA, securing direct funding by GambleAware and supported by Leeds City Council. The service helps identify, screen, and …

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NatWest adds a 48-hour cooling-off period to gambling block feature

NatWest has introduced a gambling block on debit cards, giving customers the option to trigger a 48-hour cooling-off period via their mobile banking app. Any transactions attempted during that time frame will be automatically declined, with the block remaining in place indefinitely unless a customer chooses to remove it, in which case it can be disabled after the 48-hour period. …

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GamCare highlights privacy and boredom concerns as UK heads towards a winter lockdown

Publishing its ‘Lockdown Report’, gambling harm prevention charity GamCare has expressed concerns that vulnerable gamblers are hindered in their ability to seek help due to privacy issues. GamCare’s report monitors how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people experiencing gambling harms and their adjustments in securing support and treatment. As the operator of the ‘National Gambling Helpline’ (funded by GambleAware), GamCare …

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GamCare addresses barriers to treatment for female gamblers

The perceived stigma that problem gambling is a ‘male issue’ has been considered a key factor in the reluctance to access support services for female gamblers, a GamCare report has found. The report, produced by GamCare’s Women’s Programme, aims to deliver outreach, education and awareness on the subject. The Women’s Programme, according to the support and treatment provider, aims to …

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GamCare teams up with financial services to launch safer gambling toolkit

GamCare has launched a new toolkit for financial institutions, gambling businesses and debt advice agencies across the UK to offer further support for customers experiencing gambling-related harms. Available for free on the GamCare website, the toolkit will feature tailored materials on banking, debt advice and gambling treatment sectors, as well as gambling businesses. Anna Hemmings, CEO at GamCare, commented: “People …

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GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women

New research from GambleAware has highlighted that perceived stigma can be a barrier to accessing treatment for female gamblers. The research, which was commissioned by GambleAware and completed by YouGov, aims to develop a deeper understanding around the experiences of women and gambling. The study found that 39% of women ‘who would not want treatment, advice or support to help …

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