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UK is making “positive progress” in gambling harm

The Betting and Gaming Council has reported the latest problem gambling figures published by the GB Gambling Commission show “positive progress” on the issue of gambling harm and is calling for further efforts to reduce gambling harm.

The GB Gambling Commission recently published the results of its quarterly survey of 4,018 respondents, which ultimately said that problem gambling in the UK had stayed stable at only 0.2% of the population.

BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “These newly released figures are yet again further evidence of 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, as well as other changes we have made to further raise standards.”

“Around 22.5 million adults in the UK bet each month and it is clear once again that the overwhelming majority do so perfectly safely and responsibly. However, one problem gambler is one too many and there is no room for complacency. That’s why our work continues to raise standards across the regulated industry, in marked contrast to dangers posed by the unsafe, unregulated, and growing online black market.”