BGC: Safer Gambling "our top priority all year round"
Safer Gambling Week begins this week to promote sensible gambling
From the 1st November until 7th November, Safer Gambling Week 2021 kicks off and focuses on promoting responsible gambling. Safer Gambling Week has been running every year since 2017 and keeps growing every year.
Throughout the week, No Wagering will be promoting safer gambling through various posts highlighting the key behaviours in problem gambling, where to find support and all the tools available.
“Rates of problem gambling are low and are now falling,” says BGC
“Safer Gambling Week is now an established annual event,” said The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Chief Executive Michael Dugher. “We know that rates of problem gambling are low and are now falling, which is great news, but Safer Gambling Week is further evidence of the regulated industry’s determination to keep raising standards.”
“For the regulated industry, safer gambling isn’t just an issue for one week of the year, it’s our top priority all year round.” Safer Gambling Week 2021 involves safer gambling messages to both venues online and land-based encouraging staff, customers and the public to raise awareness of the issue.”
A Gambling Commission report showed that problem gambling has fallen from 0.6% to 0.3% over the past year with those at moderate risk falling to 0.7% from 1.2% in the same time frame.
“Our ongoing review of the Gambling Act will ensure our laws are fit for the digital age,” says Gambling Minister
“Safer Gambling Week is an important moment for the industry to come together and continue to do all it can to promote safer gambling and prevent gambling-related harm year-round,” commented Gambling Minister Chris Philp MP. “We need to find ways of doing more to protect those with severe gambling addiction from the life-changing damage they can suffer.”
“Our ongoing review of the Gambling Act will ensure our laws are fit for the digital age, and strike the right balance between protecting those most at risk and giving adults the freedom to choose how they gamble safely.”
Andrew Rhodes, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission said: "Safer Gambling Week is the ideal opportunity for operators to demonstrate how they can raise standards and showcase how Britain can become a world-leader in making gambling as safe as possible.”