UK Gambling Commission Wants More Help For Problem Punters

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016 -
UK Gambling Commission Wants More Help For Problem Punters

The CEO of the United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission, Sarah Harrison has issued a warning to the gambling industry in the jurisdiction that there will be continued monitoring of the issues and policies surrounding problem gambling.

At the World Regulatory Briefing held in London England recently Harrison stated, “Advertising, fixed odds betting terminals, lone workers in betting shops, crime linked to gambling, issues around the normalisation of gambling in British society, have all been topics for debate and serve to raise the prominence of gambling and associated issues in people’s minds.

“The high-profile public debate over fixed odds betting terminals – a hard form of gambling - is not going to fade away. Recently we have seen a new All Party Parliamentary Group established that is seeking evidence on the impact of these machines.”

The CEO’s focus was to have those that have investments in the gambling Industry should increase funding to fight the issue of problem gambling. At this time those offering online and terrestrial gambling services contribute voluntarily £6.5m for research, education and the solutions for problem gambling.

Harrison said, “By contrast £120m was spent on TV advertising in the same year. That cannot be right. £6.5m is nowhere near enough,”

Harrison continued, “If the RGT were able to rely on a minimum of 0.1% of every operator’s GGY, that would provide a ballpark figure of £10-£11m - which is beginning to be a much more credible sum for such an important task. How can it be fair that some operators, large and small, contribute year in and year out while others get a free ride?

“I know that RGT would welcome a more robust arrangement, for example under which the industry agrees and codifies a common approach. GB operators now face a key opportunity - to give credible commitment to the voluntary based system for supporting research, education and treatment, or face stronger calls for mandatory action.”



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