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Gambling Commission executive director, Tim Miller, responds to the findings of Responsible Gambling Strategy Board’s (RGSB) progress report.

RGSB’s progress report reaffirms our view that there is still considerable work to be done to protect consumers from gambling related harm.

We can see there has been progress towards delivering the National Responsible Gambling Strategy by the industry and others. But we are now in the final 12 months of the three year plan, and we remain concerned that many of the priority actions have not moved along as far as they should have.

The concerns highlighted mirror some of those within our own ambitious strategy to make gambling fairer and safer for consumers. The challenge we all face is how to deliver a gambling market that provides consumer choice and enjoyment whilst also protecting against the risks gambling can create and its impact on wider society.

But, this isn’t a challenge the Gambling Commission can address on its own. Many of the RGSB’s recommendations require us, as the industry regulator, to lead on delivery, and we will do more to speed up progress.

However, with over two million people are at-risk or classed as problem gamblers in Great Britain, and many more either at risk of harm or affected by somebody else’s gambling, there needs to be a real concerted focus by everyone that has a part to play.

We need continued strong partnerships with other regulators, consumer representatives and government. Most importantly, we need the industry to step up and work to raise standards and reduce the risk of harm.

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Posted on 03 May 2018