The House of Lords’ select committee on the social and economic impact of the gambling industry has issued a call for evidence in its effort to investigate the harm of gambling in Britain.

In an industry-wide call, the committee’s inquiry has been formed to examine the effectiveness of the Gambling Act 2005 in achieving its aims of preventing problem gambling and issues associated with crime.

Leading the new inquiry is Lord Grade of Yarmouth as Chairman of the committee and he encouraged anyone with experience of gambling related issues to submit their experience and to participate in this “vital inquiry.”

He said: “We know that the effects of gambling on individuals and families can be devastating. 

“This Committee seeks further to understand the issues, in an area where concrete evidence is lacking, and to explore options for improvement. 

The study will focus on six key aspects:

  • the current state of the industry
  • the lack of accurate estimates of the extent of the problem
  • developments in gambling habits, in particular online gambling
  • the ‘gamblification’ of sport
  • the industry’s contribution towards research, education and treatment of problem gamblers
  • whether those who need help have access to it; advertising; and lotteries.

This year the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) unveiled its new national strategy for the issue of problem gambling.

In a first for collaboration between health bodies, charities, regulators and businesses, it was decided to take a public health approach focussing on prevention and education.

Lord Grade continued: “The Committee is keen to receive evidence from a wide range of individuals, organisations and any sectors or groups in society effected.”

The committee stated all submissions must be entered by 6 September 2019