With gambling addiction at an all-time high, despite relentless efforts from the gambling commission to address the situation, the UK has now constituted a new commission to investigate the links between crime and problem gambling.
Launched by the Howard League for Penal Reform, the sixteen-member commission has been constituted for a period of 36 months. The commission has prominent industry stakeholders and parliamentarians including Betfair co-founder Andrew Black and former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith as its members.
The new commission will be studying the patterns that connect certain kind of crimes with problem gambling, and it will then make recommendations to the government to enact new measures for the gambling industry and the criminal justice system.
Lord Goldsmith, a member, said: “Concern about harmful gambling activity has been growing for some time, but this is the first commission to focus specifically on the relationship between problem gambling and crime.”
“Our commission will seek to establish what the links are; what impact they have on communities and wider society; and, crucially, what steps could be taken to reduce crime and make people safer.”
“This independent Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling will fill a significant gap in understanding the relationship between gambling harms and crime,” said Tim Miller, executive director at the Gambling Commission.
“We support the Howard League’s evidence-based and comprehensive approach and anticipate that the recommendations from the Commission will help us make better and faster progress in delivering the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms,” he added.