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
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.

International
UK Gaming Commission Bans Use of Credit Cards for Online & Offline Wagering

After a lengthy consultation period the UK Gambling Commission has banned the use of credit cards for online and offline wagering as of 14 April 2020. 

International
UKGC puts GambleAware in prime position for funding

As of 1st January 2020, UK gambling operators are compelled to provide social responsibility funding to Gamble Aware if they are to comply with their licence conditions. The amount is not specified.

International
Betting and Gaming Council to release VIP guidance to members (UK)

The recently formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced they will be introducing a code of practice to do with operators treatment of VIP players and accounts. It is believed that this industry organisation will call on members to justify these accounts by performing source of wealth checks.

International
Avon longitudinal study of parents and children: study reveals what factors influence young people's gambling habits (UK)

This in-depth longitudinal study by the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s, has shown that regular weekly gamblers were more likely to be male, and had developed habits and patterns of play by age 20.

International
Leading UK gambling companies sign up to Safer Gambling Commitments

All major UK gambling companies have agreed to five minimum standards to promote safer gambling amongst their customers. The group as part of the Betting and Gaming Council (https://bettingandgamingcouncil.com/) have agreed to commit to five core safer gambling practices:

International
Public Health England to Publish Gambling-related Harms Review in 2020 (UK)

The review will have a two-pronged approach. Sheffield University will review the effectiveness of national and international policies and interventions to reduce gambling-related harms. Secondly, PHE will carry out a broader review on the prevalence of gambling and associated health harms, and their social and economic burden.

International
Gambling Commission introduces new rules to make gambling fairer and safer (UK)

New rules added to the licence conditions and codes of practice for alternative dispute resolution, will strengthen requirements on how licensees identify and interact with customers who may be at risk of, or experiencing, gambling harms. The rules regarding changes to alternative resolution providers and changes to customer interaction come into effect 31 October, 2019.

International
Gambling Commission announces key role for GREO to support the National Strategy (UK)

The UK Gambling Commission has announced a new role for research group Gambling Research Exchange (GREO). GREO will develop a programme of activity to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, supporting the areas of Prevention & Education and Treatment & Support.

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