Carolyn Harris, Member of Parliament for Swansea East attended a Parliamentary drop-in event on Tuesday
in support of Responsible Gambling Week, the biggest cross-industry campaign of its kind.
Responsible Gambling Week involves every major operator in the UK and Ireland, with more than 127,000 staff taking part at over 11,000 gambling venues and online sites and is backed by gambling charities. Tips about keeping gambling safe are being shared with customers and those who need specialist help are being referred to the charity GambleAware. The campaign has also been supported by the 72 clubs in the English Football Club, Premier League clubs and leading racecourses.
The campaign has been organised by the Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG), which brings together every sector of the gambling industry through its member trade associations, covering online, amusement arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers and casinos. The aim of the week, taking place from November 1-7, is to trigger a national conversation about responsible gambling promoting a common message, and after the first five days of Responsible Gambling Week the hashtag #RGweek18 had already garnered 15 million social media impressions.
Among the initiatives taking place during the week are responsible gambling training sessions, run by the charity GamCare, for parents and professionals working with children or young adults.
Carolyn Harris discussed the issues around gambling with IGRG chairman John Hagan and how operators can do more to promote responsible gambling to customers.
John Hagan said:
“The gambling industry is under close political scrutiny and I was delighted to be able to discuss this important and very topical issue. The gambling industry understands that no operator can expect to have a sustainable long-term future without putting a commitment to responsible gambling at the heart of its business”.
About Responsible Gambling Week
- Responsible Gambling Week (RGW) is a national, cross-industry awareness campaign to promote responsible gambling
- It promotes five essential messages about responsible gambling:
- Set your limits
- Only spend what you can afford
- Never chase your loses
- Don’t gamble if you are angry or frustrated
- Never put gambling before your friends and family
- Established in 2014, the IGRG promotes socially responsible gambling within the British gambling industry, in support of the three licensing objectives in the Gambling Act 2005.
- The IGRG comprises the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB); British Amusement Machine Association (BACTA); The Bingo Association (BA); National Casino Forum (NCF); and Remote Gambling Association (RGA).