GambleAware calls for national industry-wide self-exclusion scheme

GambleAware calls for national industry-wide self-exclusion scheme

Thursday, December 21, 2017 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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The Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme (MOSES), has come in for criticism after an undercover BBC Radio 5 Live investigation

The government’s current Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme (MOSES), has come in for criticism after an undercover BBC Radio 5 Live investigation, revealed an undercover reporter managed to place bets in 19 of 21 Grimsby betting shops, even after he had signed himself up to the self-exclusion scheme.

The investigator specifically chose Grimsby as it’s an area that has a high level of betting shops in a small area, Sarah Gardner, the Gambling Commission’s Executive Director described the results as “concerning” adding that the Commission will be making its own inquiries into what happened in this case.

GambleAware, the UK charity whose sole commitment is to minimising gambling related harm, has also commented, Iain Corby, Deputy Chief Executive of GambleAware told TotallyGaming.com: “The regulator set low ambitions for the current retail self-exclusion schemes, and it’s clear from this investigation that the industry is struggling to achieve even these minimal goals. We would like to see a proper national industry-wide self-exclusion scheme in place and in the new year we will be inviting technology companies to come forward and suggest new ways to tackle the problem. Help and advice is available online at BeGambleAware.org for anyone concerned about a gambling problem.”

Earlier in the year, GambleAware commissioned a study that detailed the success of industry ‘self-exclusion’ practices the study, carried out by Chrysalis Research, revealed that  for UK licensed betting shops 83% of users researched found industry practices effective in reducing or stopping their gambling activity.

Totally Gaming says: Given previous studies had found that the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme had been a success, this very public report will be a massive disappointment for bookmakers. There is little doubt that in 2018 a fresh approach is needed to self exclusions, with bookmakers fully uniting on the best way to enforce the scheme.

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