Commenting on the new report published by the Gambling Commission, the ABB said:
The Gambling Commission report reveals that problem gambling levels in the UK are stable and have been since reporting began nearly twenty years ago. It also confirms what many have known for some time, that problem gambling is not limited to any single product. With most problem gamblers undertaking gambling in a range of venues a focus on a single product, such as machines in betting shops, is misplaced and the gambling industry as a whole needs to focus on identifying individuals with gambling problems and those at risk of harm. This places responsibility on all sectors of the gambling industry to collectively take steps to identify problem gamblers and point them to support services that can help.
Seeking to ban a single gambling product will simply lead to the shifting of problem gamblers to other areas rather than addressing the root cause of the issue. The ABB believes that it is a challenge for the whole gambling industry to move from a position where there is a stable level of problem gambling to one where problem gambling rates are decreasing
Betting shops are working to ensure responsible gambling and have developed and implemented a range of responsible gambling measures that are not currently present in other gambling venues, but more still needs to be done to share best practice across the industry.