Head of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Michael Dugher has reiterated how important it is to carry on with the safer gambling message even after cases fell this year.
Safer Gambling Week
Safer Gambling week commences today and has become an annual event where many of the industry’s operators come together to promote the importance of Safer Gambling through messaging, tools to help promote safer gambling and where to get help if you for someone you know are displaying gambling related problems.Although The Safer Gambling Week is a campaign which kicks off in November every year, Mr Dugher made it quite clear his priority of promoting safer gambling as year-round.
Gambling Related Problems Decrease
Although a recent report issued by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission showed the rate of gambling related problems had decreased from 0.6% to 0.3%. People who are deemed as moderate risk also fell from 1.2% to 0.7%.Many industry operators support Safer Gambling Week, along with the BGC, Bingo Association and bacta, the amusement machine trade association through its nationwide campaign.All aspects of the gambling industry will encourage Staff, customers and the general public to raise further awareness and join in conversations around responsible gambling.Michael Dugher said, “Safer Gambling Week is now an established annual event. We know that rates of problem Gambling are low and are falling, which is great news, but Safer Gambling Week is further evidence of the regulated industry’s determination to keep raising standards. “Million of people enjoy a flutter on the National Lottery, at the bingo, on sports, in casinos and gaming online – and the vast majority of them do so safely and responsibly. But one problem is one too many, which is why Safer Gambling Week is so important.”