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DCMS confirms September application of £2/£5 stake limits on online slots

Paul Scully joins DCMS BGC

The UK government has confirmed that staking limits will be applied to online slot games from September as a guaranteed player protection measure following the Gambling Review, under its White Paper consultation. The decision was announced by Stuart Andrew MP, Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), a judgment deemed as a “landmark moment for …

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Legal Eye: White Paper… Where are we now, and what will come next?

SBC News Legal Eye: White Paper... Where are we now, and what will come next?

Legal Eye, featuring Gemma Boore and David Whyte Senior Associates for Gambling at Harris Hagan, returns to examine the passage of the White Paper in the nine months since its publication. 2024 sees UK gambling stand at a pivotal juncture, marked by the diverse scrutiny, opinions, and feedback submitted in response to the proposed changes of the White Paper. Boore …

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Andrew Rhodes: Balance is the academic challenge of the Gambling Review

SBC News Andrew Rhodes: Balance is the academic challenge of the Gambling Review

Andrew Rhodes has reiterated that the Gambling Review’s underlying challenge is to find the right balance to govern a commercially evolving UK gambling marketplace and its engagement with the public. The observation led the Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) address to delegates of the ‘Consumer Protection Zone’ at ICE London 2024. The address began by acknowledging that …

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GambleAware: Statutory Levy changes must prioritise National Strategy for Harm Prevention

SBC News GambleAware: Statutory Levy changes must prioritise National Strategy for Harm Prevention

GambleAware has stated that the government must prioritise the development of the National Strategy for the Prevention and Treatment of gambling harms in its ongoing review of gambling laws and duties. The statement was made by GambleAware in its response to the Statutory Levy consultation as proposed by the Gambling Review’s White Paper, authored by CEO Zoë Osmond. Under consultation, …

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DHSC issues gambling disorder warning on the prescription of Aripiprazole

SBC News DHSC issues gambling disorder warning on the prescription of Aripiprazole

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a reminder to healthcare professionals on prescribing Aripiprazole, a drug which can lead patients to develop compulsive behaviours such as problem gambling. Branded as ‘Abilify’ or ‘Aristada’, Aripiprazole can be prescribed by GPs and healthcare professionals to treat schizophrenia and extreme cases of bipolar disorder. However, as noted by the …

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GWL confirms Prochaska exit as Strategy Director

SBC News GWL confirms Prochaska exit as Strategy Director

Gambling with Lives (GWL) has announced that Will Prochaska has resigned as Strategy Director of the charity and reform group representing the families of those bereaved by gambling-related suicides. As announced this weekend, “Will Prochaska is leaving to operate as an independent advisor on gambling harm initiatives, a move that reflects his continued commitment to tackling the harm caused by …

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GambleAware: NGTS efficiencies must be protected in RET Levy transition

Zoe Osmund, GambleAware

GambleAware has called on the UK government to ensure the protection of essential treatment support services for gambling harms commissioned by the partners of the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS). The demand follows GambleAware’s publication of the annual statistics of the NGTS, detailing that “Gambling harm support delivered by third-sector partners helped nine out of ten improve their conditions.” Recognised …

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UKGC explains experimental findings of new UK gambling survey 

SBC News UKGC explains experimental findings of new UK gambling survey 

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced the completion of a key corporate project, the publication of the “Gambling Survey for Great Britain Experimental” data release. Head of Statistics Helen Bryce documents that three years ago, the UKGC initiated a project to enhance data collection on adult gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence in Great Britain. The project, adopting a …

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GambleAware stands by PGSI effectiveness but warns of limitations in interpreting harms 

SBC News GambleAware stands by PGSI effectiveness but warns of limitations in interpreting harms 

GambleAware has updated its report on the efficiency of the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) used by research, education and treatment (RET) stakeholders to identify and measure harms. PGSI is a screening tool “widely used, albeit not specifically designed” to estimate the number of people experiencing gambling harms. The index has been referenced by specific health surveys of England, Scotland …

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DCMS recruits seven new Commissioners for UKGC 

Paul Scully joins DCMS BGC

The Secretary of State has confirmed the appointment of seven Commissioners to oversee the governance and regulatory oversight of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). As announced by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), the Gambling Commission welcomes the appointments of Charles Counsell, Helen Dodds, Sheree Howard, and Claudia Mortimore as new Commissioners, who will serve a five-year term. …

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