Problem gambling seminar to be held in London

The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group will be running The Future Of Research, Education & Treatment Into Problem Gambling seminar on July 5, 2016.

The seminar runs as part of their Future of Gambling seminar series.

Speakers for the upcoming seminar include Marc Etches, CEO, Responsible Gambling Trust, Lee Willows, CEO, YGAM (Young Gamblers Education Trust), Elaine Smethurst, Managing Director, Gordon Moody Association and Wanda Goldwag, Chair, Senet Group.

Steve Donoughue, gambling consultant and Secretariat of the All Party Betting & Gaming Group said:

“Problem gambling rates have remained pretty stable since they were first researched on a national level in 2007. This would appear to verify the belief that the problem is mostly centred with the individual, rather than the specific gambling devices or locations. That is not to say they don’t have an impact, just that if they were major factors we would have seen a far bigger increase over the last decade as the industry has grown. This is obviously not a cause for complacency and the industry has been involved in ever greater efforts to prevent problem gambling. We have also seen the evolution of the charitable sector as they increased their efforts in treatment and with the creation of YGAM, education is now being delivered. Quality research answering the big questions of how and why does seem to still be needed though.”

For the first time, the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group is allowing invited guests from the industry to attend its meetings and join the debate on what the future of gambling in Britain is.

The mission statement of the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group is ‘To act as a forum for the discussion of issues concerning betting and gaming in the UK’. This seminar series is aimed specifically at providing the platform for an educated and informed exchange of views and issues.