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Sarah Gardner: Refreshed UKGC committed to improving all levels of gambling protection

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Sarah Gardner, Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has stated that the regulator and industry must share an ‘understanding of the task at hand’ to improve UK gambling for the benefit of society.    Delivering the keynote address at the Annual Convention for BACTA members, Gardner underlined that 2021 has been a year of wholesale changes for the …

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Ben Haden: Wider perspectives needed to improve research on gambling prevalence 

At the start of 2021, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) launched a pilot scheme to test new research methodologies on how data is collected on the participation and engagement of UK adults with gambling products and services.  Project lead Ben Haden, the Commission’s Director of Research and Statistics, has shared his reflections on the pilot’s first-stage developments, which will be …

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UKGC launches consultation on licensing and enforcement principles 

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning launched a consultation seeking feedback on its licensing, compliance, and enforcement policy procedures.  Open until 9 February, the consultation aims to build upon the UKGC’s ‘Statement of Principles’ that have established regulatory policies in relation to – risk assessment, licensing operators and key personnel, carrying out compliance activities and regulatory/criminal enforcement. Feedback …

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Anna van der Gaag: RET research must be responsive to society’s greater needs 

Anna van der Gaag (CBE), the Chair of the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG), has stated that UK gambling requires urgency in developing evidence-led research to reduce gambling harms.  The University of Surrey Professor on Ethics and Regulation has led the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) advisory on research, education and treatment (RET) since 2018. Writing an update for the …

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Andrew Rhodes: “It’s time everyone faced facts on Safer Gambling duties” 

Andrew Rhodes, the interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has offered his first reflections on the industry’s regulatory developments during Safer Gambling Week (1-7 November).  Publishing a blog post on the Commission’s website, Rhodes stated that his department still required “to see much greater compliance from the industry across the board”. Drawing on parallels, Rhodes reflected that …

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GambleAware enlarges board to guide new strategy

GambleAware has expanded its governance board, announcing the appointment of four new trustees, to help the charity achieve the objectives of its new five-year organisational strategy.  The trustees will strengthen GambleAware’s oversight on public health matters and the commissioning of grants for gambling harm research, education and treatment (RET) projects. Labour House of Lords peer Baroness Hillary Armstrong joins the …

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John O’Reilly: Reflections on 2005 Gambling Act needed for best industry outcomes 

Rank Group Chief Executive John O’Reilly believes that a positive outcome to the government’s generational review of the 2005 Gambling Act should “rewrite the industry’s historical flaws”.  Delivering the keynote speech at the ‘Reputation Matters: UK Gambling’s Future at Stake’ conference, O’Reilly provided his leadership take on legislative developments amid concerns of how the UK gambling sector will be re-shaped …

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Howard League inquiry calls for CJS to overhaul its approach to problem gambling crimes 

The Howard League has called for an overhaul in how the UK’s Criminal Justice System (CJS) addresses ‘crimes linked to problem gambling’. The headline remark was made by the League’s ‘Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling’ – a research unit led by Lord Goldsmith QC, that has examined links between problem gambling and crimes committed during the past two-years.  Publishing …

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