Industry statistics – changes in reporting periods
Date: 13 August
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) is changing the
publication date for its annual statistics document from the summer
to late in the year to ensure that the data we publish is as
accurate as possible.
It means that we will be changing to fiscal year reporting (1 April
to 31 March) for the data we release from regulatory returns, so
that direct comparisons can be made between all our data
For the past few years we have published industry statistics
separately from, but in the same timeframe as, our annual report
and accounts (published in July each year). The figures used
within annual reports are based on fiscal year figures, but since
we started using data from the regulatory returns we have used
provisional calendar year figures (1 January to 31 December) within
the statistics document. This is because of the
incomplete/poor quality of data for the fiscal year at the time of
publication of the statistics document and was not ideal in
providing an accurate picture.
We have therefore thought long and hard about how to improve the
accuracy of the data we publish and, at the same time align the
reporting periods for all the data we publish, and we have
decided that the best way to do this is to put back the publication
date to November/December. This gives us time to gather in all the
regulatory returns that will cover the 12 month period up to 31
March each year* and analyse the results, particularly to pick up
anomalies and errors that could distort the data.
We still aim to publish more regular updates of some of our
statistics as provisional figures and to provide our betting
integrity figures bi-annually. Additionally for this year, the
regulatory returns data from the previous statistical release (ie
calendar year 2008) will be re-run to reflect a fiscal year
(2008/09) and therefore allow comparison with the forthcoming
release of statistics for the fiscal year 2009/10.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities
are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in
Great Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting,
which are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and
the Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. *There are three peak collection times through
the year when regulatory returns are submitted – as at 31 December,
as at 31 March and as at 30 September and operators that submit
returns annually now have 42 days in which to submit their
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.