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Culture, media and sport : the Gambling Act 2005: a bet worth taking? Written evidence submitted by Professor Linda Hancock

Hancock, Linda 2012, Culture, media and sport : the Gambling Act 2005: a bet worth taking? Written evidence submitted by Professor Linda Hancock, UK Parliament, London, England.

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Title Culture, media and sport : the Gambling Act 2005: a bet worth taking? Written evidence submitted by Professor Linda Hancock
Author(s) Hancock, Linda
Publication date 2012-07-23
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Total pages 11
Publisher UK Parliament
Place of publication London, England
Keyword(s) UK Gambling Act
problem gambling
fixed odds betting machines
betting shops
regulation
Summary At the outset, it should be noted that under the watch of the 2005 Gambling Act, there is robust evidence of increasing harms caused by gambling. The increase in problem gambling from 0.6% (prior to the implementation of the Act) to 0.9% of the British population reported in the British Gambling Prevalence Survey (BGPS) (2010) is significant at the .05 level; which is internationally recognised as a robust significance level. This represents a 50% rise in problem gambling since the Act was implemented. It was disingenuous of the Gambling Commission to report the results as “not statistically relevant” and “at the margins of statistical relevance” in its media release concerning the study. This equates to around 451,000 adults aged 16 and over experiencing serious gambling-related problems and significant additional numbers experiencing moderate problems. Regular (approximately monthly) use of gaming machines, fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops, casino games and online gambling are associated with problem gambling.
Language eng
Field of Research 160510 Public Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A6.1 Research report/technical paper
Copyright notice ©2012, UK Parliament
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061156

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