In the News - International

This section contains select links to media releases on issues related to gambling and gaming from around the globe.

In the News

International
Gambling Harm - Time for Action (UK)

The House of Lords Select Committee published its report on the Social & Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry on 2 July, 2020. 

International
Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’ (UK)

The UK Gambling Commission has come in for extreme criticism from a group of MPs reporting on how gambling regulation is protecting vulnerable people. 

International
NZ Select Committee proposes changes to Racing Industry Bill (NZ)

The New Zealand Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has proposed that changes be made to the charges imposed for the use of betting information, in a bid to limit data used by offshore bookmakers. There are over 30 areas where the Committee have recommended changes.

International
Responsible Gambling Week to be relaunched as Safer Gambling Week (UK)

The UK’s gambling industry will rebrand its Responsible Gambling Week project as the Safer Gambling Week from 2020. The 2020 event will run from 19-25 November.

International
COVID-19 and its impact on gambling – what we know so far (UK)

The UK Gambling Commission released data on 12th June on COVID-19's impact on gambling behaviour. It showed that 75% of recent gamblers hadn't increased time or money spent gambling in April 2020.

International
Latest gambling industry statistics published (UK)

The UK Gambling Commission publishes Gambling industry statistics twice a year (in May and November).

International
IAGR Postpones International Gambling Regulators Conference

INTERNATIONAL:  The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) today announced the postponement of its annual conference: Disrupting the Regulator: Sparking innovation in regulatory practice #IAGR2020 Boston until 12-17 September 2021.

International
£10m national gambling education and support programme launched in the UK

On the 15th May 2020, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) announced a £10 million education programme to help young people better understand the risks associated with gambling.

International
Covid-19 - A message from GCUK to online gambling operators (UK)

Neil McArthur from the Gambling Commission UK has outlined the Commission's expectations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

International
Primary schools teach children about gambling risks (UK)

Gambling risks and harms are now being taught in primary schools in the UK as part of their personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum. This comes as a report reveals an increase in young "problem" gamblers. The PSHE association has free materials on their website

International
UK National Audit Office has released a report into gambling regulation (UK)

The UK NAO has released a report,  "Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people". The report examines the extent to which gambling regulation effectively and proportionately protects people from gambling-related harms. 

International
Lloyds enhances gambling safety with Gamban (UK)

Lloyds Banking Group has announced a partnership with Gamban to provide customers of its banks with access to the gambling blocking program.

International
The National Gambling Treatment Service launches a campaign to increase awareness of gambling treatment (UK)

GambleAware has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the treatment available through the National Gambling Treatment Service. The campaign will run on digital media, radio, pubs, motorway service stations, in GP surgeries and health publications throughout February and March 2020.

International
ICE World Regulatory Briefing - Changing mindsets (UK)

Neil McArthur, CEO of the Gambling Commission (UK), gave a speech at the ICE London conference this month. He spoke about why gambling needs to be made safer, opportunities and risks and how changing the mindset can help make gambling safer.

International
UKGC forms three groups to address safer gambling standards (UK)

The three collaborative working groups will be: Safer Products, Safer Advertising Online and Use of VIP Incentives.

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