In welcoming this morning’s DCMS announcement of a 12-week consultation on Government proposals relating to gaming machines and new social responsibility measures to minimise the risk of gambling-related harm, the Gambling Commission has referred to the work that it is doing separately to examine the online sector.
It states: “in particular we are looking at data, market trends (both current and future), consumer participation and action by operators on social responsibility and crime in the online market. Once this work is completed it will also be published, including our recommendations for further action.”
In relation to the consultation, the Commission says:
“We welcome the publication of the Government’s consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures. This provides an important opportunity to consider the impact that gambling can have for some people. We would encourage anyone with an interest in the regulation of gambling to ensure that their voices are heard through the consultation.
As the Government’s Statutory Adviser we have already shared analysis and evidence with the Government including:
- Analysis of 22 billion sessions of play over a 24 month period on B2 and B3 gaming machines in high street betting shops and arcades. This data was published in February
- Analysis commissioned by the Gambling Commission from its expert panel of advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board. This has been published today
- Ongoing research and data collection on gambling participation and problem gambling
Reducing the risks that people face from gambling, especially those that are vulnerable, is at the heart of our advice that we give to Government.
Consistent with our statutory duties we will finalise and submit our advice to the Secretary of State, and copy it to Scottish Ministers, following completion of the current consultation. We will then publish our advice.“