Social Responsibility

Gambling Commission calls The Samaritans to bolster guidelines

The Gambling Commission is partnering up with The Samaritans in the battle against problem gambling after a fresh analysis of 2007 data shed light on its links with suicide.   The small scale research programme, published today by GambleAware and the Gambling Commission, was based on findings from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) and indicated that one in five …

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From ‘concept-to-launch’ Duncan Gracie on BetBlocker’s product journey

SBC spoke to the manager of BetBlocker Duncan Gracie, who detailed the product journey of BetBlocker, as well as how the app is aiming to boost the prevention of problem gambling.  ___________ SBC: Over the last year or two, we have seen a huge shift towards responsible gambling and the implementation of measures to prevent problem gambling – why do …

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‘Grid that Gives’… SportPesa backs Racing Point F1’s cancer care commitment

Kenyan betting group SportPesa has moved to strengthen its title sponsorship of Formula 1 racing team Racing Point, announcing the launch of new charity initiative ‘Grid that Gives’. The F1 charity initiative will be launched this weekend at the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, raising funds for breast cancer sufferers in partnership with Racing Point charity partner ‘Breast …

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EPIC forms safer gambling education programme with BSA schools

Gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management (EPIC) will advise the UK’s Boarding Schools Association (BSA), developing a series of high impact gambling awareness seminars for BSA member schools. The BSA extends its arrangement with EPIC, who over the past 12-months have spoken at BSA conferences, addressing independent school stakeholders on gambling harm risks and dynamics. Cementing its relationship, the …

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GambleAware report suggests ‘clearer’ strategy needed on advertising

Published in its latest interim report, GambleAware has conducted research into the impact that different forms and frequencies of gambling adverts had upon children, young people and vulnerable adults. The research, carried out by two consortia led by Ipsos MORI and the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling, found that lotteries and bookmakers are among the highest …

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eCOGRA secures testing rights for Colombia & Argentina

Industry player protection, safety and standards agency eCOGRA has advanced its South American profile, confirming that it has been approved as an ‘independent testing authority’ by Colombian and Argentine regulators. Updating the market, Colombian regulator Coljuegos has certified eCOGRA as an ‘independent testing platform’, which will be allowed to service player safety provisions for Colombia’s fast-growth regulated online gambling marketplace. In …

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GREO supports UKGC National Strategy in new collaboration

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has collaborated with independent research dissemination specialist Gambling Research Exchange (GREO) to help provide additional support to the regulator’s National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. Under the terms of the new partnership, GREO will work alongside the UKGC to launch a new activity programme tailored towards supporting the National Strategy’s key focus areas: treatment and education, treatment …

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Lords Committee calls for ‘reliable facts’ on gambling habits & impacts

Supporting UK regulatory policy and oversight, the House of Lords Select Committee researching the ‘social and economic impacts of the gambling industry’ has sanctioned a ‘call-for-evidence’ from industry-wide stakeholders. The Committee seeks to gain research insights and reliable facts on factors related to the gambling sector and its relationship with individuals affected by gambling disorders. Updating stakeholders, the Committee details …

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BetBlocker develops mobile feature to block gambling sites

Launching a new subscription-free service, BetBlocker has developed a new mobile feature which allows punters to restrict gambling-related apps on Android devices and desktops.  The tool comes as a new bid to support punters that have experienced gambling related harm. Users are able to restrict their devices from accessing over 5,900 gambling operator websites, and over 1,000 mobile applications.  Manager …

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Jeremy Wright – ‘This is not the end of the conversation on problem gambling’

Addressing the House of Commons this afternoon, Jeremy Wright – UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – said that the government is still reviewing the option of introducing a ‘mandatory levy’ to help national health stakeholders raise funds and resources for tackling problem gambling harms. Wright has acknowledged the ‘commitment of increased funding’ pledged this morning by leading …

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