Low problem gambling rates in the UK are welcomed by BGC

Low problem gambling rates in the UK are welcomed by BGC

According to new figures from the Gambling Commission, the rates of problem gambling have remained historically low in the year to June 2022.

The 0.4% figure is down from 0.4% the previous year, and the same as the last published annualised figures in April 2022. The BGC noted that the rate of problem gambling among women has not changed.

The Gambling Act 2005 is being reviewed by the UK Government and a White Paper is expected to be published soon.

The new figures show that the positive progress we have made on problem gambling, which is low by international standards and has fallen in recent times, thanks to the many initiatives we have taken including using advertising to promote safer gambling tools like deposit limits and time-outs, is still continuing.

The overwhelming majority of adults in the UK bet every month and it is clear that they do so safely. One problem gambler is too many and there is no room for carelessness. That is why our work continues to raise standards in the regulated industry, in contrast to the dangers posed by the online black market.

The latest problem gambling figures will come as a blow to anti-gambling prohibitionists who like to vastly overstate the issues to suit their efforts to treat gambling like tobacco, not like alcohol, but it also provides food for thought for new ministers considering a white paper this autumn.

The white paper will be an opportunity to drive further changes, but the new government should be guided by evidence and carefully target future measures on problem gamblers and those at risk, not intrude on the perfectly safe enjoyment of millions of people.

Summary:

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed new figures from the Gambling Commission that confirm the rates of problem gambling have remained historically low at 0.2% in the year to June 2022. The 0.2% figure is down from 0.4% the year previous, and remains the same as the last published annualised figures in April 2022. The rate of problem gambling among women has stayed at 0.1%.