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National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Pilot questions on harms in quarterly tracker (GC)


June 2022

Following pilot activity, the Gambling Commission has developed a new approach to collecting data on gambling participation and the prevalence of problem gambling. The questions on gambling harms piloted will be incorporated into this ongoing approach.

December 2021

In June 2020 the Gambling Commission started piloting a new set of survey questions designed to understand the incidence, nature and severity of harm experienced by gamblers and non-gamblers. The questions were iteratively tested on the Commission’s online tracker survey on a quarterly basis until September 2021.

The next stage will test a refined question set as part of the Commission's upcoming pilot of a new methodology for collecting participation and prevalence statistics. This next stage is being undertaken by NatCen, starting January 2022. If successful, the harms questions will be asked alongside core questions on participation and problem gambling and will become official statistics.

April 2021

The Commission will provide further information on this action later in 2021.

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