The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued a last call for evidence on the issue of how it should change its resarch methods when it comes to looking at participation in UK gambling.
The consultation was announced on 18 December 2020, when the Commission said that it was looking for input from a diversity of stakeholders on the best approach to gathering data and information about UK gambling participation and statistics on the prevalence of problem gambling.
The consultation is due to close this week and the UKGC has underlined how important it is to secure feedback at the same time as it continues to work with the UK government on its ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. As part of that effort, it has been seeking to revise its research methodologies, in order to provide the government with the most accurate data relating to gambling participation as well as offering further insights on elements influencing problem gambling.
In a statement released today, the UKGC outlined the thinking behind the consultation:
“The Commission is ambitious about improving the quality, robustness and timeliness of our statistics. We, therefore, set out a commitment in our 2020/21 Business Plan to review our approach to measuring participation and prevalence and publish conclusions.”
Up to now, the UKGC has compiled and produced its gambling behaviour data in accordance with the standards and guidelines that were set out by the government’s ‘Statistical Service in the Code of Practice for Statistics’.
But the need for ‘reliable facts’ in the area of problem gambling statistics was cited as an urgent requirement of the government’s ongoing Gambling Act review by House of Lords select committees chaired by Lord Grade and Lord Foster.
In addition to the ongoing review of its research methodologies, the UKGC has also launched a series of open consultations on other areas including: gambling affordability measures, safer gambling interactions and the duty of care that should apply to gambling companies.