Response to release of the PHE Evidence Review of Gambling Related Harm

30th September 2021 – PRESS RELEASE


Today’s Public Health England report into the cost of gambling related harms provides some helpful figures on the cost of this public health issue.


Whilst there will be criticism of the accuracy of the numbers, the Report starts to drill down into where the costs to the country, to individuals and to their families arise and helps us to identify where to target help.

It is encouraging to see that the rates of problem gambling and at risk gamblers continues to fall, which must be due to the ongoing efforts of regulators, campaigners and industry to make gambling safer.

It will play an important part in the gambling review as Government attempts to strike the right balance between the majority of gamblers who enjoy the pastime, and the vulnerable that get into difficulty as well as the economic cost of problem gambling and the economic benefit arising from an industry that contributes billions to the economy and employs hundreds of thousands of people and enjoyment to many more.

John White – bacta CEO


About bacta

Bacta represents the owners and operators of over-18 amusement centres (AGCs), seaside amusement arcades, and the companies that hire machines to pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and similar venues. It also represents the manufacturers and distributors of all types of gaming machines and amusement equipment ranging from children’s rides, to jukeboxes, fruit machines in pubs and clubs, redemption machines, crane grabbers, penny falls, tuppeny nudgers, test your strength machines, videos, and pool tables.


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