The latest report from the UK Gambling Commission finds that there has been a 3 percent drop in gambling participation among young people. The UKGC’s 2019 Young People and Gambling survey found that 11 percent of 11-16-year-olds have gambled in the past seven days with their own money.
The research commissioned by the gambling regulator was carried out by Ipsos MORI. The study finds that gambling participation amongst young people has declined by 3 percent when compared with the 2018 results.
Commenting on the report, Tim Miller, Executive Director of the Gambling Commission, said: “This report demonstrates that children and young people’s interaction with gambling or gambling behaviors comes from three sources – gambling that they are legally allowed to participate in, gambling on age-restricted products and gambling style games.
“Any child or young person that experiences harm from these areas is a concern to us and we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to protect them from gambling harms.
“Most of the gambling covered by this report takes place in ways which the law permits, but we must keep working to prevent children and young people from having access to age-restricted products.
“There operators have failed to protect children and young people we have and will continue to take firm action. This year alone, we have tightened rules and requirements around age verification to prevent children and young people from accessing age-restricted products, put free-to-play games behind paywalls, and clamped down on irresponsible products.”
Gambling addiction has been on the rise in the UK. In a report earlier in the year, the UK Gambling Commission had found that the number of children at risk of gambling addiction in the country had gone up by 400 percent in the past two years.
The decline in gambling participation is a healthy sign while there remains a long way to go.