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National Strategic Assessment 2020

This report sets out our latest assessment of the issues we face and the risks that gambling poses to consumers and the public

Current phase and looking ahead

From October, we have entered a new phase where top-class sport remains available as a popular source of betting opportunities with a continuance of increased access to view events live on TV which would have otherwise been unavailable pre-COVID-19. However, local or national lockdowns are now resulting in restrictions on gambling premises and venues where sports bettors may congregate to watch live sport and gamble as part of that experience.

These restrictions on the supply of certain gambling activities are happening against a backdrop of increasing financial uncertainty for consumers which could impact on consumer demand for gambling through reduced disposable incomes.

As we publish this report all of the nations in Great Britain are dealing with further lock down measures. The latest reports, including in-depth data analysis, are available on our website. We will continue to track COVID-19 related impact by:

  • collecting and publishing the data being gathered from consumers, industry and the public

  • engaging with industry stakeholders and Government

  • assessing the impact of the strengthened guidance issued to operators

  • where evidence identifies additional risks faced by consumers, taking further action to protect consumers.

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