UK gambling commission is all set to launch a new three-year national strategy to tackle problem gambling in Wales – the gambling commission revealed its plans at an event in Cardiff.
The UKGC said that they are committed to tackling gambling addiction along with their partners, including charity organizations, regulators, local health bodies, and businesses.
UKGC has already been strict with gambling regulators and has introduced a series of compliance measures. In a significant policy shift, the UKGC had also said that now they are viewing gambling addiction as a disease.
Gambling Commission chief executive, Neil McArthur, said: “The new strategy will provide us and our partners across Wales the opportunity to make faster progress to reduce gambling harms. It will address not only the harms experienced by people who gamble but will also focus upon the impact that can be felt by friends, family and the wider community.
“We all need to better understand the harms that can be caused by gambling, moving away from simply counting problem gamblers and instead build a greater understanding of the harms experienced,” he continued. “Over the lifetime of the strategy we will better understand the full range of harms and how to protect against them,” he added.
Gambling addiction has been on the rise in the UK. Reports suggest that gambling addiction between children grew by 400 percent in the last two years.
Also, it found that the number of children between 11 to 16 years of age having compulsive gambling issues is approximately 55000.