Tag Archives: problem gambling

New NHS figures shed more light on problem gambling levels

Figures from the latest Health Survey for England show that around 13% of the country’s population engaged in online betting with a bookmaker in 2018, with the percentage of people who had gambled overall dropping to 51%. The Health Survey also measured problem gambling rates using two different measures – DSM-IV and PGSI – both of which recorded rates below …

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Irish minister calls for problem gambling to be treated as a public health issue

Irish Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton, has suggested that problem gambling should be treated as a public health issue, as opposed to an issue with regulation. Stanton, who is responsible for overseeing regulation in the Irish betting industry, has claimed that imposing more stringent controls on the industry is a possibility, but it …

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Scott Davies sharing experiences to help prevent problem gambling

“Some people will understand, some won’t. But there was a point when betting was the reason I was getting out of bed in the morning. Not the football, not my family, I just got up and placed bets, that was it. It was all I wanted to do.” Whether it’s the lifestyle, passion for the game or simply it’s a …

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Industry taken to task over use of ‘gagging orders’ in settlements

The Gambling Commission has warned the gambling industry that the indiscriminate use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in settlements with customers over problem gambling issues will not be tolerated. Last year, stories broke in the national media about some major bookmakers adding ‘gagging orders’ to deals with their customers preventing them from going to the Commission with a complaint against any …

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Marc Etches – Independence move sees GambleAware secure its new guiding vision

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Speaking exclusively to SBC, Marc Etches Chief Executive of GambleAware details the crucial developments and changes the industry charity has undertaken during the course of 2018, as GambleAware readies for the critical launch of its new UK-wide Safer Gambling advertising campaign… ____________ SBC: Why has 2018 been such a critical year for GambleAware’s organisation, structure and operations? Marc Etches (Chief Executive …

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Funding & Transparency – Marc Etches writes open letter to industry stakeholders

Marc Etches the Chief Executive of independent industry charity GambleAware has written an open letter to industry stakeholders regarding funding and transparency for sector problem gambling initiatives. As previously detailed, Etches states that current voluntary donation system is failing, with GambleAware set to be 60% below its funding target for its year-to-date operations. As Leader of GambleAware, Etches states that …

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What the numbers say on problem gambling

The UK gambling industry has faced some heavy criticism in the media in the past few months. Most of it began when 888 was rightly castigated for its failure in its social responsibility with no-one in the industry, or at 888, dissenting at the Gambling Commission’s judgment. But a good deal of criticism has been sown longer-term by anti-FOBTs campaigners …

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Bookmakers to fund young person problem gambling initiative in Scotland

The Association of British Bookmaker‘s Scottish division has launched a new project aimed at tackling the ‘hidden addiction’ of problem gambling among young people.  The Association of British Bookmakers in Scotland (ABB Scotland) will fund the six month project, working in partnership with Paisley based charity RCA Trust to deliver education and counselling support for 2,500 young people across the West …

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FOBT research suggests simple stakes drop not effective in problem gambling battle

The responsible gambling charity GambleAware (formerly the Responsible Gambling Trust) has produced research which suggests that the so-called £50 journey actually saw players increase stakes around the new limit of £50 rather than meet the restrictions imposed for those wanting to bet at the higher £100 stakes limit. The £50 journey was introduced by the government and the UK Gambling Commission …

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Bookmakers ‘think local’ to reduce the risks of problem gambling

Bookmakers must now set out how they will reduce social risks in their local area, such as if they are located near a school or homeless shelter, in order to reduce incidence of problem gambling. The new guidelines will see operators consider their individual betting shop environments and introduce sufficient safeguards for any particular areas of concern specific to each premises. …

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