The final call for evidence has been issued by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), as it embarks on the reshaping of its research methodologies, measuring UK wagering. 

The consultation commenced on 18 December 2020, with the body engaging with a myriad of stakeholders on its approach to gathering data and information on UK gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence statistics.

Concluding today, the Commission underlined the importance of securing feedback as it works with the government on its ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

The UKGC statement outlined: “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.”

To date, the UKGC has compiled and produced its data in accordance with the standards and guidelines set out by the government’s ‘Statistical Service in the Code of Practice for Statistics’.   

The urgency for ‘reliable facts’ on problem gambling statistics was called as  an imperative requirement of the government’s Gambling Act review, by the select committees’ of Lord Grade and Lord Foster.  

Further to reviewing its research methodologies, the UKGC has launched open consultations on gambling affordability measures, safer gambling interactions and operators customer care duties and controls.