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Our approach to statistics and research

Find out more about official statistics and when we publish statistics and research.

Published: 5 May 2023

Last updated: 29 February 2024

This version was printed or saved on: 19 May 2024

Online version: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/about-us/guide/our-approach-to-statistics-and-research

Overview: As an evidence-based regulator we collaborate with local and international researchers and organisations to provide advice to the government about gambling behaviour in Great Britain.

We collect and analyse data to monitor changes that may have an impact on the regulatory framework and to make sure we are up-to-date with gambling industry statistics and gambling related research.

When we release statistics and research

2024 release schedule

January

No scheduled releases.

February

6 February: National Lottery Distribution Fund (October to December 2023)
29 February: Gambling Survey for Great Britain (Official statistics – Wave 1)

March

No scheduled releases.

April

No scheduled releases.

May

7 May: National Lottery Distribution Fund (January to March 2024)

June

27 June: Gambling Survey for Great Britain (Official statistics – Wave 2)

July

25 July: Gambling Survey for Great Britain (Official statistics – Annual Report)
25 July: Licensing Authority Statistics 2023 to 2024

August

6 August: National Lottery Distribution Fund (April to June 2024)

September

12 September: Gambling Survey for Great Britain (Official statistics – Year 2 Wave 1 release)

October

No scheduled releases.

November

TBC: National Lottery Distribution Fund (July to September 2024)
TBC: Young People and Gambling Survey 2024
28 November: Industry Statistics 2023 to 2024

December

No scheduled releases.

Availability of research data on the UK Data Service

As part of the Code of Practice for Statistics we are committed to producing useful, easy to access, relevant data which supports the understanding of gambling behaviours.

By making our data available on the UK Data Service, we are meeting Value 2 (accessibility) of the Code of Practice for Statistics (opens in a new tab).

By making our data more accessible, we hope others will be able to do their own analysis of the findings and we invite you to share any analysis with us.

Research data available on the UK Data Service

Young People and Gambling

Since 2011 we have undertaken the Young People and Gambling Survey, a survey of 11 to 16 year olds across Great Britain which is completed by pupils in secondary state schools.

The survey is designed to understand young people’s attitudes towards gambling and their participation in different types of gambling activities. Data is collected on forms of gambling and gambling style games that children and young people can legally take part in along with gambling on age restricted products.

The following data collections are available on the UK Data Service:


Adult Gambling Participation (2016 to 2022)

Since 2015, Yonder have undertaken the Quarterly Telephone Survey, a gambling related survey of adults aged 16 years and older across Great Britain. The survey is designed to understand adult gambling participation levels, behaviour, and attitudes towards gambling.

The following data collections are available on the UK Data Service:

Accessing the data

To access these data collections, visit UK Data Service (opens in a new tab) and search ‘Gambling Commission’ in the data catalogue. The Data Collection is available to users registered with the UK Data Service.

Sharing your analysis with us

To share your analysis get in contact with us.

Status of official statistics

The term official statistics covers several categories of statistics produced by public bodies, which are:

Where our data has the status of official statistic we make that clear so you can have confidence that the data has been gathered following common standards followed by all UK organisations that produce official statistics. We aim to ensure that the statistics we provide:

In relation to official statistics, pre-release access is strictly limited. In general, the following are allowed to have pre-release access:

More information about the status of statistics is on the UK Statistics Authority website (opens in a new tab) and the Office for National Statistics website (opens in a new tab).

Quality Assurance for survey data

Background

In producing our Official Statistics for the Gambling Survey for Great Britain and the Young Persons Survey, the Commission uses research suppliers to help with survey collection and reporting. We have high standards, and our suppliers are required to adhere to thorough quality assurance checks, ahead of supplying data to us.

Data supply checks

In addition to the research supplier’s quality checks on the dataset, the Commission also conduct their own quality assurance process. These checks include:

1. High-level checks - These checks run across the entire dataset and include the following:

2. Question checks - These checks look at the answers to specific questions in the survey and include:

3. Sense checks - This section focuses on whether the data makes sense in the context of its use, and include the following:

4. Final data checks - A final set of checks are undertaken during the analysis phase and ahead of publishing the Official Statistics. These include the following:

Revisions and corrections policy

1. Summary

  1. The document provides an overview of how we handle revisions and corrections within our Official Statistics.

2. Revisions to Official Statistics

  1. Sometimes it may be necessary to revise certain statistics when further information becomes available or data systems change. This may lead to previously released statistics being replaced by more complete or updated data.

  2. Where this happens, statistics will be communicated in an orderly manner as soon as is practicable, in a transparent way.

  3. The Gambling Commission will ensure to revise and re-issue the relevant publications, including the re-released date of the publication, and an explanation as to why the publication has been updated. The superseded version of the publication will also remain present on our website and will be clearly labelled as superseded.

3. Corrections to Official Statistics

  1. Errors that occur within released statistics are often genuine mistakes. Unfortunately from time to time, despite our best efforts, mistakes can happen. In these instances, corrections are announced, made in a timely manner and explained clearly to users in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics.

  2. The Code of Practice for Statistics requires all statistics producers to ensure users of the statistics are made aware of the scale, nature and cause of the error and its likely impact. This should be communicated in an orderly manner as soon as is practicable, in a transparent way.

  3. The Gambling Commission will ensure that where errors and corrections have occurred, users will be made aware of the errors and their impact as soon as is reasonably practicable, alongside a clear reason as to why the errors have occurred.

  4. The Gambling Commission will ensure to re-issue the relevant publications including the re-released date of the publication and an explanation as to why the publication has been re-issued. The superseded version of the publication will also remain present on our website and will be clearly labelled as superseded.

Contact us about statistics

If you have a question or comment about any of the statistics or research we publish, you can get in contact with us using the following methods:

Online

Use our online form to make a request online.

By phone

If you’d prefer to make your request verbally, you can contact us by phone.

Telephone: 0121 230 6666.

From outside the United Kingdom, use: +44 121 230 6666.