The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) seeks feedback and guidance on changing its ‘research methodology’ used to collect data on gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence statistics.
The Commission has launched a consultation seeking feedback on its new approach, which aims to establish a new ‘standard on research into gambling behaviours’.
As part of its regulatory function, the UKGC is tasked with providing the government with the most accurate data and insights on gambling participation and further factors influencing problem gambling.
To date, the UKGC has collected its data conducting surveys of UK adults, with research produced in accordance wit with the standards set out by the Government Statistical Service in the ‘Code of Practice for Statistics‘.
A consultation has been launched to ensure that the UKGC gathers all perspectives as its plans to trail new ‘methodology approaches’.
“The Commission is ambitious about improving the quality, robustness and timeliness of our statistics. We therefore, set out a commitment in our 2020/21 Business Plan to ‘review our approach to measuring participation and prevalence and publish conclusions” the UKGC detailed in its statement.
Conducting its review of gambling industry’s ‘social and economic harms’, the House of Lords Select Committee, chaired by Lord Garde of Yarmouth cited that problem gambling had been undermined by lack of reliable facts on the matter.