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The Commission has published analysis of trends in gambling behaviour for 2008-2014. The report found that there has been a significant increase in remote gambling participation, gambling participation amongst those from the AB (1) social grade and female participation in activities other than the National Lottery. Conversely the analysis showed that there has been a decrease in participation in National Lottery draws, virtual gaming machines in bookmakers (FOBTs) and fruit/slot machines.

The report found that frequency of gambling and average number of activities participated in has remained relatively stable since 2008. 

The report also examines how gambling behaviour correlates with macro-economic indicators such as GDP and unemployment. Overall gambling participation rates correlated with GDP (ie as GDP increases gambling participation increases and vice versa). Disposable income did not, however, correlate with overall gambling participation but did correlate with remote gambling participation. 

The analysis is based on data from the Commission’s quarterly participation survey which captures self-reported past four week gambling behaviour.

The report was produced by an independent research consultancy, Databuild Research and Solutions Ltd. This is the first time that the Commission’s data on gambling participation has been analysed in this way and gives a picture of how the gambling industry and the way that people gamble has evolved over time.  

The full report can be accessed on the Commission’s website. 

Notes to editors    

  1. AB social grade contains individuals from higher and intermediate managerial, administrative, professional occupations. 
  2. 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. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.      
  3. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  4. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice
  5. Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk  
Posted on 19 May 2015