Board minutes 23 March 2022
Venue: Remote meeting
Time: 09:30 - 12:00
- Louise Baxter (LB)
- Shane Carmichael (SC)
- Cath Cooney (CC)
- Anna van der Gaag (AVDG) (Chair)
- Hermine Graham (HE)
- Jane West (JW)
- Philip Newall (PN)
- Ulla Romild (UR).
1. Welcome, apologies and declarations of interest
AVDG welcomed Board Members to the meeting.
There were no new declarations of interest.
2. Minutes and matters arising from January 2022
The minutes were reviewed and agreed.
3. Chair's update
AVDG gave an update, noting that she had circulated a draft blog to the group for review. HG advised that she had attended the Wales Implementation Group and would feed in any points relevant to the progress report.
4. Progress report
ABSG reviewed the updated draft of the progress report in detail and made a number of amendments. The group agreed that a further draft would be circulated for final review before presentation of the report at the April meeting of the Gambling Commission Board.
5. Data and evidence
AVDG introduced the item, explaining that this is an area of work that she and UR have been looking at, and discussing with Commission staff. The view was that ABSG should set out a position on data and evidence to add an informed perspective to the debate.
UR gave some examples of how prevalence surveys from different agencies in Sweden gave different results. She suggested that there is a move now away from prevalence surveys into measures of harm and a move from individual responsibility to operator responsibility. The key is consistent monitoring over time and the group discussed different ways to improve the data available.
ABSG agreed that this would be a useful area of work and made some proposals for initial conversations and contacts. In respect of the overall forward plan for ABSG, the group are waiting on the publication of the White Paper and the Commission’s delivery plan which will shape the work plan and advice requests going forward. Timelines and priority will need to be considered.
6. Any Other Business
ABSG noted changes to Advisory Groups as a result of the Commission’s Governance Sprint which will reduce the size of core Advisory Groups and work more through networks.
AVDG noted that this was the last meeting for LB as her term on the group was coming to an end. ABSG thanked LB for her work and contribution to the Group.