|The Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which represents the largest remote gambling companies in the UK market, has welcomed yesterday’s publication of The Gambling Commission’s Prevalence Study.|
The Study, the first since 1999, is to act as a benchmark to assess the impact of the new regulatory regime brought in by the nation’s Labour Government. Despite no material increase in the number of casinos and a small decline in the numbers of bingo halls since the previous Study, many newspapers in Great Britain had reported that the Study would report that opportunities to gamble had increased tenfold, particularly with the introduction of online betting, with a corresponding rise in problem gambling.
However, the RGA stated that the Study has reported no increase in the rate of people with gambling problems since 1999 and announced that the industry would work to ensure that this remains the case and instances of problem gambling minimised.
“For the vast majority of people, gambling is a safe, harmless leisure activity and form of entertainment,” said Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive of the RGA.
“Nevertheless, the RGA’s members want all of their customers to gamble responsibly within their means and to be aware of the advice and help available that can prevent irresponsible gambling. Consequently, all members of the RGA abide by a socially responsible code of practice that is supported by GamCare and was welcomed by the Government.”
The RGA was established in 2005 with the merger of two other associations, the Association of Remote Gambling Operators (ARGO) and the Interactive Gaming, Gambling and Betting Association (iGGBA) and has 34 full members and an affiliate programme.