We reported in July 2021 that research undertaken by Sonnet Advisory & Impact CIC had shown that the national online self-exclusion scheme GAMSTOP was working effectively following it coming fully into force on 31 March 2020.
New independent analysis conducted for GAMSTOP by Sonnet has now revealed that 40,000 registrations took place during the first six months of 2021, representing a 25% year-on-year increase in registrations and increasing the total number of GAMSTOP registrants to more than 218,000.
Other information derived from this first ever bi-annual review has included the following:
- March 2021 recorded the second highest number of monthly GAMSTOP registrations on record
- in approximate terms, 70% of registrants are male and 30% are female
- 58% have chosen the maximum exclusion period of 5 years
- the number of younger people using the scheme has increased – 41% of registrants are aged between 25 and 34 and 59% between 18 and 34
- Sonnet’s survey of 3,300 registered GAMSTOP users has indicated that the make-up of registrants largely reflects that of the UK population (i.e. 89% white, 3% Asian, 2% black and 1% mixed-race)
- 29% live in households with a pre-tax annual income of more than £48,000 and 48% live in households earning more than £32,000
- more than 75% registrants are in full or part-time employment
- 63 per cent do not have children within their household.
Commenting on the above findings, GAMSTOP CEO Fiona Palmer has said:
While it is encouraging to see that consumers are continuing to find GAMSTOP and use it as a crucial safety net in their recovery, this review reinforces the importance ofcontinuing to raise awareness of practical tools that are available to those struggling with gambling-related harm. Our evaluation results demonstrate that gambling-related harm is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, irrespective of income, location, or gender. It is imperative that we continue to reach people from across the UK, and to give them access to tools that can aid them in their recovery, or form an important preventative measure.