Tag Archives: YGAM

Lee Willows: Funding debate threatens UK’s ‘world class’ treatment ecosystem

The debate surrounding gambling research, education and treatment (RET) funding has been heating up significantly ahead of the government’s Gambling Act review White Paper. A range of viewpoints have been expressed on the matter, and notably, calls for the introduction of a statutory levy to support RET operations have been rising, although with some differences as to how this would …

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Andrew Rhodes: White Paper delay not an excuse to avoid tackling problems

The White Paper on the 2005 Gambling Act review has been highly anticipated for some time now, with a government announcement expected earlier this spring. With reports circulating in the press as to the result of the over one-and-a-half year-long process, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes issued an update on progress whilst addressing the Westminster Media Forum Gambling …

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BGC lauds industry for ‘driving higher standards’ with new safer gaming code

The UK’s three gaming sector trade associations have announced a new ‘Safer Game Design Code’ for land-based gaming machines.  Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), amusements representative Bacta and the Bingo Association have collaborated during the COVID-19 pandemic to design the code that will address risks in game design features. The cross sector initiative will ensure machines no …

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The RET levy debate – much needed reform or a ‘recipe for disaster’?

Reform advocates have been calling for the implementation of a mandatory levy for RET contributions – a further curveball for the government review of the UK gambling industry to address. The enforcement of a mandatory levy is backed by the Northern Gambling Clinic’s lead clinician Dr Matt Gaskell, the Social Market Foundation (SMF) thinktank and its Senior Fellow Dr James …

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Brigid Simmonds: Statutory RET levy threatens the development of the UK’s mature treatment support network   

Brigid Simmonds (OBE), Chair of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has warned the government against radically alerting UK gambling’s RET (research, education and treatment) duties ahead of the of publication of the White Paper on industry reforms.  Writing an open editorial on Conservative Home, the central news source of the Conservative Party, Simmonds acknowledged that emotions had surpassed evidence …

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YGAM collaborates with Portsmouth Uni on loot box education

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has entered into a new academic partnership with the University of Portsmouth, focused around loot boxes. Specifically, the partners aim to develop educational material focused on potential financial and psychological harms that can result from loot boxes – virtual assets within video games that contain unspecified items, which can be purchased for …

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Kindred cites increased intervention measures behind Q1 3.3% problem gambling rate

Kindred Group hits out at proposed Swedish measures

Kindred Group has detailed that its share of revenues derived from problem gambling fell further during Q1 2021 to 3.3%, as it continues to work towards its 0% target by 2030. Issuing an update, the international betting and gaming group revealed that its problem gambling revenue share had declined from 4% in Q4 2021, coupled with a 79.2% improvement rate …

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GambleAware invests £2.5m into gambling harms prevention through Education Hubs across England & Wales

GambleAware has invested £2.5 million to expand The Gambling Education Hub Service (GEHS) to span across England and Wales.  The grant has been issued to safer gambling charity GamCare working alongside education partners YGAM and the Adferiad Recovery to expand GEHS programmes. Following a successful pilot in Scotland, GEHS – which helps prevent gambling harms among young people through early …

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Willows launches ESG Gaming to tackle future safer gambling challenges  

Lee Willows, Founder and former Chief Executive of the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), has announced the launch of his new non-profit-venture ESG Gaming.  Partnering with Gibraltar-based safer gambling consultancy Better Change, Willows has launched ESG Gaming to better prepare stakeholders to counter the industry’s future and emerging safer gambling challenges. Providing a prospectus, Willows and Better Change …

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YGAM and Betknowmore training made available on bactaPortal

YGAM and Betknowmore UK’s safer gambling training programmes will now be incorporated into Bacta’s bactaPortal responsible gaming platform.  Bacta, the UK’s trade association for the amusements and arcade sector, confirmed yesterday that its bactaPortal – first launched in September 2021 – was being updated as ‘Version Two’, to include access to training materials.  The training will combine ‘specialist knowledge, insight …

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